Eligible seniors could apply for a refundable tax credit


Homeowners over the age of 65 could be eligible for the state’s Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit, which has increased by $20 since last year.

Nancy Gates of West Springfield said she had no idea what the Massachusetts Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit.

State Senator Adam Hinds told 22News, he hopes to make sure more Western Massachusetts seniors know about this tax credit opportunity.

The Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit is designed to reduce some of the burdens of property taxes that exceed 10 percent of a senior citizen’s annual income.

The maximum credit for 2018 is $1,100.

Virginia Patruski of West Springfield told 22News, she’s applied for the tax credit for several years, and it’s taken some of the pressure off.

“That money has really helped you know now that I’m retired and on a fixed income that money helps a lot because when we pay quarterly if you take a thousand dollars off the quarterly it really is doable,” said Patruski.

Eligible seniors must claim this credit on their 2018 state income tax return.

Sandra Slepchuk of West Springfield told 22News, “It’s very easy to apply. The town is very good to you. They’ll help you out in any way they can.”

Eligible seniors can get information at their Councils on Aging, town hall, or even the library.

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