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Title Grants For Property Tax Rent And Heat
Status House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/28/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Fiscal Policy & Taxes
  • State Government
House Sponsors T. Exum Sr. (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Zenzinger (D)
House Committee Finance
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/14/2019
Description

A low-income senior or individual with a disability is currently
eligible for 2 types of annual state assistance grants administered by the
department of revenue related to his or her property: A grant for their
property taxes or rent paid, with the latter being deemed a tax-equivalent
payment (property tax and rent assistance grant), and a grant for heat or

fuel expenses (heat assistance grant). Together these are commonly
known as the PTC rebate.
The bill expands the property tax and rent assistance grant by
repealing the requirement that rent must be paid to a landlord that pays
property tax. For grants claimed for 2019, the bill also increases the grant
amounts as follows:
  • The maximum property tax and rent assistance grant is
increased from $700 to $850;
  • The maximum heat assistance grant is increased from $192
to $250; and
  • The flat grant amount, which is the minimum grant amount,
is increased from $227 to $275 for the property tax and rent
assistance grant and from $73 to $100 for the heat
assistance grant, assuming that the actual expenses exceed
these amounts.
All of these amounts will continue to be adjusted annually for inflation.
For grants claimed for 2019, the maximum eligible income
amounts for claiming the PTC rebates and the phase-out amounts, which
are the income levels at which a person's maximum grant begins to
decrease, are increased from the estimated inflation-adjusted amounts as
follows:
  • For an individual, the maximum eligible income amount to
qualify for either type of grant is increased from $14,469 to
$17,500 and the phase-out amount is increased from $7,780
to $9,500; and
  • For spouses, the maximum eligible income amount to
qualify for either type of grant is increased from $19,541 to
$23,500 and the phase-out amount is increased from
$12,576 to $15,500.
All of these amounts will also continue to be adjusted for inflation in the
future.
Obsolete provisions relating to grants claimed for past years are
repealed and other provisions relating to grants prior to 2019 are repealed
after they become obsolete in the future.

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