Elderly Homeowner/Renter Credit Program
Authored By: Montana Department of Revenue
What is the Elderly Homeowner/Renter Credit?
The Elderly Homeowner/Renter Credit is a Montana income tax credit up to $1,000 for seniors who rent or own a home in Montana, even if they don’t make any income.
How do I qualify?
You are eligible for this credit if you:
- Are 62 or older on December 31,
- Lived in Montana for at least 9 months,
- Live in the same home for at least six months, and
- Have a household income under $45,000.
Do I need to make any income to qualify?
No. Many seniors miss out on this refund because they don’t file a tax return since they don’t make any income. To get the refund, you must file your income taxes, even if you made no income last year.
What happens if someone takes my tax refund?
File Your Taxes
You may be able to find free in-person help filing your taxes from a trained volunteer at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site near you.
You can learn more about the Elderly Homeowner/Renter Credit Program from the Montana Department of Revenue.
Get Legal Help
- If you live outside of Montana, you’ll want to look for free legal help in your state.
- Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) runs a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) that gives low income taxpayers free legal help on federal tax disputes year round. You will need to apply for services to see how LITC can help you.
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes many of its forms online for free.
The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) listed herein is partially funded through matching grants provided by the Internal Revenue Service pursuant to the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998. Unlike Free File VITA sites, the LITC does not generally provide tax return preparation. The partial funding by the IRS does not imply that the clinics have a preferential relationship with the IRS. The decision of whether to use these clinics is your own and their use will not affect your rights before the IRS.