New Hampshire DRA launches property tax relief program

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration (NHDRA) announced the launch of the state’s annual Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program and is accepting applications through June 30, 2018. New this year, NHDRA is offering two opportunities for interested taxpayers to receive hands-on assistance in completing applications during workshops on May 22 and June 21 at NHDRA offices in Concord.

Application forms (Form DP-8) for 2018 are available on NHDRA’s website, at www.revenue.nh.gov. Older versions of the form will not be accepted. Last year, $1.4 million in property tax relief was distributed, resulting in an average of approximately $175 of state education property tax relief per household.

An eligible applicant for Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief is a person who is:

• Single with adjusted gross income equal or less than $20,000

• Married or head of New Hampshire household with adjusted gross income less than or equal to $40,000

• Owns a homestead subject to the State Education Property Tax

• Has resided in that homestead as of April 1, 2017.

NHDRA will be offering two Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief workshops, where taxpayers can have their questions answered and receive assistance completing their application forms. Workshops will be held on Tuesday, May 22, from 9 a.m.-noon, and Thursday, June 21, from 1-3:30 p.m. Both workshops will be held at NHDRA’s office located in Governor Hugh Gallen State Office Park, 109 Pleasant St. (Medical and Surgical Building), Concord. Attendees should RSVP by sending an email to forms@dra.nh.gov or calling Taxpayer Services at 230-5920. Participants should bring photo identification, their final property tax bill, a copy of the 2017 federal income tax return for each member of the household, and for a property held in trust, a copy of the trust documentation.

NHDRA provided the following tips to homeowners considering applying for the program:

• One of the most common reasons an applicant may see a delay in the response to their application is due to lack of proper attachments. Completed claim forms must be accompanied by a copy of the final tax bill from the municipality where the applicant resides along with a copy of the applicant’s federal income tax return (1040-EZ, 1040A, etc.).

• Applicants are reminded that NHDRA is a state taxing agency and cannot determine an individual’s federal tax liability. If applicants are unsure whether they are required to file federally, they may contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

• If an applicant is not required to file with the IRS, they should check the box on the Form DP-8 indicating this.

• Homesteads held in trust must also be verified by submission of the trust document, but may still qualify for relief.

Many New Hampshire libraries allow residents to utilize their internet services to complete and print Form DP-8 for submission by mail. Residents who do not have internet access may request Form DP-8 by calling NHDRA’s Forms Line at 230-5001.

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