Renters Tax Credit Guide

By PropertyClub Team
Jun 25th 2023
Some states provide renters with tax credits, deductions, or rebates. If you're interested in learning more about these tax breaks, you've come to the right place! Read on to learn more about if your state offers a rent rebate and if you qualify.

hash-markWhat Are Renters Tax Credits?

Renters' tax credits are tax credits that a renter can receive towards their annual income tax return. Renters tax credits are typically based on the total amount of rent paid. There may also be additional requirements to qualify for a renters tax credit, such as being above a certain age, depending on the state you live in. 

hash-markWho Can Take Renter's Tax Credit?

Every state has different rules and regulations for eligibility for their rent credits and rebates. However, almost all have some combination of residency and income requirements, so you're unlikely to qualify if you earn a high income. 

If you're thinking about the renter's tax credit, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Live in the state you're renting from as a resident
  • Not be a dependent on someone's tax return
  • Know the owner of the property you're renting from is paying property taxes
  • Have your name on the lease for your apartment and be responsible for paying rent

These requirements generally do not change from state to state. 

If you meet these, you're at the base level for meeting the renter's tax credit requirements. From here, each state has its variations on the rule that should be considered. For example, some states use ages and disabilities to determine who might qualify for the renter's tax credit.

hash-markRent Rebates and Tax Credits by State

hash-markArizona Property Tax Refund

Arizona offers a tax refund to renters over the age of 65. To qualify, you must be an Arizona resident, the property you live in must be subject to property taxes, and you must meet specific income requirements. 

hash-markCalifornia Renters Tax Credit

To qualify for the California renters tax credit, you need to have paid rent for at least half a year and make less than $43,533 for single filers and $87,066 for married filers. You can get $60 as a single filer and $120 for a married.

hash-markColorado PTC Rebate

Colorado offers a PTC (Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit) rebate of up to $976 for eligible renters. To qualify for the rebate in 2022, you or your spouse must be over 65 years of age. Disabled residents also qualify. Additionally, there are income limits of $21,381for married couples (filing jointly) and $15,831 for singles, based on your earnings in 2021. 

hash-markConnecticut Renter Rebate

Connecticut offers a rent rebate of up to $900 for married couples or $700 for single persons. The rebate amount is calculated based on the difference between 35% of your total rent and utility payments and 5% of your income for the previous year. To qualify for a rebate, you or your spouse must be 65 or older, or you must be disabled and above the age of 18. 

hash-markHawaii Renters Tax Credit

The Hawaii rent credit is available to residents who make less than $30,000 and pay at least $1,000 in rent on a property that pays property taxes. The Hawaii renters credit offers $50 for each qualifying exemption. 

hash-markIllinois Circuit Breaker Tax Refund

Illinois residents aged 65 or older or who are permanently disabled qualify for the circuit breaker tax relief program, which provides up to a $350 rebate. The exact amount is based on income, and to be eligible, you must make less than $45,000 a year. 

hash-markIndiana Renters Deduction

The Indiana renters deduction is one of the most generous and has no income or age restrictions. You can claim the total rent you paid for the year or $3,000 in Indiana, whichever is less if the location pays Indiana property tax.

hash-markIowa Rent Reimbursement

Iowa offers a rent reimbursement of up to $1,000 for elderly and disabled residents whose households earn less than $24,354 annually. Iowans who are permanently disabled or 65 or older are eligible.  

hash-markMaine Renter Rebate

Residents of Main can qualify for up to a $900 renter rebate via the Property Tax Fairness Credit Program. All residents who meet specific income qualifications and whose rent payments were more than 40% of their adjusted gross income are eligible.  

hash-markMaryland Rent Credit

Maryland offers a rent credit of up to $1,000 to eligible residents. Residents who are aged 60 or over, permanently disabled, or who have dependents under the age of 18 living with them qualify. The exact rebate is based on your monthly rent and income. 

hash-markMassachusetts Rend Deduction

Massachusetts residents can deduct rent on their income tax returns. You can deduct up to 50% of the rent paid per year, up to a maximum of a $3,000 deduction.

Additionally, Massachusetts has a Circuit Breaker Income Tax Credit for residents aged 65 or older. 

hash-markMichigan Homestead Property Tax Credit

Michigan renters can receive up to a $1,500 rent credit. To qualify, your household must earn under $60,000 a year. The credit is calculated based on the difference between taxes paid and your household income. 

hash-markMinnesota Renters Property Tax Refund

Minnesota renters who earn under $64,920 can claim a tax refund when filing their 2022 tax returns. The refund is based on your income and can be for up to $2,210. 

hash-markNew Jersey Property Tax Deduction for Tenants

New Jersey residents with more than $20,000 in household income are eligible for a tax deduction or rent credit. You can get a deduction of up to 18% of rent paid up to $15,000, or you can receive a $50 credit on your return. 

hash-markNew York Renter Credits

New York renters whose gross income is under $18,000 can get a $75 credit if their rent is $450 or less, and those over 65 can receive up to a $375 credit. Additionally, New York City residents who earn under $200,000 are eligible for up to a $500 credit. 

hash-markVermont Renter Rebate 

Vermont residents who meet specific income requirements are eligible for a rent rebate. Income requirements are based on salaries in the county you reside in, and the exact amount of the credit is based on rent paid. 

hash-markWashington D.C. Rent Credit

Washington DC residents who earn up to $20,000 a year can get a rent credit of up to $750. If you meet the income requirements, you'll need to file a Property Tax Credit Form along with your Form D-40 (tax return). 

hash-markWisconsin Homestead Credit

Wisconsin residents over the age of 18 can claim a homestead credit if they earn less than $24,680. You can get a maximum of $1,168, which is calculated based on your household income, rent paid, and the amount of property taxes due on your home. 

hash-markHow to Apply For A Rent Credit

If you live in any of these states and meet the formula, you can check out the specific eligibility requirements and rules to see if you qualify for the renter's tax credit. If you are eligible, you will either have to file a rebate form with your state's revenue service or treasury, or in the case of some credits and deductions, you can claim them on your tax return. 

hash-markRent Tax Credits Age Limits

Sometimes, states only allow people of a certain age to qualify for tax benefits. Most of the time, this rule applies to seniors over the age of 65, as it might be more difficult for these individuals to pay rent. These states focus their renter's tax credit on older folks or people with disabilities and might need extra assistance with payments.

Of course, some states don't require these for a renter's tax credit. Instead of separating the benefit by age or disability, they focus on overarching group qualifications concentrated on income. Most people fall under this category. Let's talk about these next to give you a better idea of the requirements for the area you live in.

hash-markCan You Qualify for Tax Credit Without Extra Need?

Each state that uses mass tax deductions has financial requirements an individual needs to meet if they want to claim the renter's tax credit. Most of the time, your rent needs to be above a certain percentage of your income to qualify for help and make your payments a little less costly per month. There are several formulas to help you know if you are eligible.

hash-markDoes It Make Sense to Take the Renter's Tax Credit?

If you qualify for the renter's tax credit, it makes sense to go through the process to claim it. It can put extra money in your pocket, lower the cost of rent, and make life easier for you in the long run. It might seem like another box to check off on a to-do list, but there's a lot of good that can come from taking the time to see if you qualify.