With the Sept. 30 deadline approaching to file for the Michigan Home Heating Credit, community support workers at FiveCAP, Inc. are available to prepare the application, along with a tax return for income-eligible residents who have not yet filed.
An appointment is required for this service, and should be made as soon as possible to ensure the service can be provided before the deadline.
“As we prepare for another heat season, this is an important piece for many people who struggle to keep the heat on in their homes,” said FiveCAP Executive Director Mary Trucks. “This money offsets the cost of utilities and allows low-income residents to stretch their budget in other areas.”
FiveCAP offers free tax preparation services to low-income residents throughout the year. Many residents who qualify for tax credits aren’t required to fill out income tax returns, which results in missed opportunities.
“A lot of people think the April 15 deadline applies to all tax returns and credits, but it’s only applicable if you owe money back to the government,” Trucks said. “There is still time to claim the money the government owes you.
“Everyone should file a tax return,” she added. “There are a lot of people who don’t realize they could be getting money back every year, so when our community support workers prepare the application for the Home Heating Credit, they will also check to see if there are any other benefits available.”
To apply for the credit, residents must supply their 2013 income, as well as documentation of how much they spent on heating costs between Nov. 1, 2012 and Oct. 31, 2013.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call FiveCAP at (231) 757-3785.