LANSING, Mich. (WZMQ) – The deadline is approaching for a Michigan credit that could help cover home heating costs this winter. Michigan’s Home Heating Credit helps qualified families pay for heating expenses to stay warm through the winter months.
You don’t have to file taxes to qualify for the credit, The Michigan Treasury said to contact your local tax preparer or visit MichiganFreeTaxHelp.org for help filing separately.
As summer comes to a close, treasury outreach specialist, Stephan Welke said, they’re trying to make sure anyone qualified is registered for the credit before applications close on September 30th. Welke said if you have received the tax credit before, you do not have to apply again. The application will reopen in January for the 2024 credit.
“Over 250 thousand Michiganders have received the credit.” Welke explained. “They receive, annually, up to about $200 a year which frees up a lot of income then that you can use towards any other critical needs in your home.”
According to Michigan.gov, you may qualify for the credit if:
- you own or were contracted to pay rent and occupied a Michigan homestead
- You were not a full-time student who was claimed as a dependent on another person’s return
- You did not live in college or university operated housing for the entire year
- You did not live in a licensed care facility for the entire year
You can see the full list at Michigan.gov/taxes/questions/iit/accordion/heating/home-heating-credit-information
Welke said if you need assistance, go Michigan.gov/incometax, or call (517) 636-4486