TrueNorth Community Services is encouraging eligible Michigan residents to file for the Michigan Home Heating Credit (HHC). The average Home Heating Credit that Consumers Energy customers received in 2016 was near $275. Dollars are available now that can make a difference to many households.
If you are eligilbe to receive a HHC, it can be used for all types of primary heating fuels, including electric, natural gas, propane, oil and purchased firewood. Households that don't earn enough money to file taxes may still be eligible to receive the HHC. Yet a significant share of HHC funds go unclaimed each year. You can find your total heat cost on your providers billing statements, or you can contact your provider to get this information.
Home Heating Credit Information
You should complete the HHC claim MI-1040CR-7 to see if you qualify for the credit. The credit, for most people, is based on a comparison between either your standard credit allowance or your actual heating costs and total household resources. MI-1040CR-7 instructions
Who May file a HHC Claim?
Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) doesn't want you to miss your chance to recieve the HHC from the state of Michigan! The HHC can help pay your heating bills and is funded by the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). If you use a large portion of your monthly income to pay your heating costs, you may be eligible for the HHC.
You may claim a HHC if all of the following apply:
- You occupy a Michigan homestead;
- You own your home or are contracted to pay rent;
- You were NOT a full time student who was claimed as a dependent on another person't return;
- You did NOT live in a college or university operated housing for the entire year;
- You did NOT live in a licensed care facility for the entire year; and
- Your income is within the income limits.
Deadline for submitting is September 30, 2017
Free help filing for the HHC may be available. Dial 2-1-1 or visit their website. The Michigan Department of Treasury can also answer questions by calling 517-636-4486 or visit their website. Also visit Michigan Free Tax Help's website.
Paper copies of forms also available at most public libraries, Northern Michigan post offices, Department of Health and Human Services offices, and locations where income tax forms are available. Some utility companies have forms available and personnel who can help with the form. Call your utility to see if they can assist.
For hearing or speech impaired, teletypewriter (TTY) is available through the Michigan Relay Center, 800-649-3777 or 711.
Some utility providers will allow you to request shut-off protection from the time of filing until you receive the credit. You will still be required to pay for the energy services used during the protection period.