The Circuit Breaker Program (also known as the Maine Residents Property Tax Program) directly pays Maine residents a refund on property tax (for homeowners) or rent payments (for renters). The application period is from August 1, 2010 to June 1st, 2011. The average rebate received across the state during the 2007-2008 year was $515 and many people are eligible for refunds up to $2,000 (information from the Maine Revenue Service).

The amount of your reimbursement depends upon the following factors:

  1. Household size and income.
  2. Whether the household includes disabled or elderly members.
  3. Whether you own or rent your home.
  4. Your household income.

Visit the State of Maine Website to request a instructions and an application, or your local library. If you need additional help, please feel free to contact me.