News Room

Time for Iowa Rent Reimbursement Applications!

Rent Reimbursement – Iowa 2013

Seniors know all too well how difficult it can be living on a fixed retirement income. Fortunately, the Iowa Department of Revenue is again offering its Rent Reimbursement Program.
Who is eligible?

Iowa residents are eligible to file a claim for reimbursement of rent paid if their total household
income is less than $21,335 and they meet at least one of the following conditions:

They have turned 65 of age or older by December 31, 2012,

Or

They are disabled and 18 to 64 years of age by December 31, 2012

Income includes social security, wages, pension, and interest and dividend income. If you receive a rent subsidy, the amount of your subsidy also counts as income. Married couples, if living together, are considered one household and may file only one claim and must combine their incomes. If they do not live together they may file separate claims. If two or more persons
reside together and qualify for a reimbursement, each person may file a claim based on each individual’s income and each individual’s portion of the rent paid. You are not eligible if the rental unit or nursing home in which you resided was not subject to property tax during 2012. If you are uncertain about the tax status, contact your landlord, administrator or county or city
assessor. Only the rent paid during the period of time the property was in a taxable status can be used in computing the reimbursement. Rent Reimbursement Program applicants have from now until June 1, 2013 to file for a 2012 reimbursement. If you received Rent Reimbursement in the previous year, you will receive an application in the mail. If you are a first time applicant, forms will be available online at: http://www.iowa.gov/tax/forms/propexcredit.html
If you have questions about applying for rent reimbursement, please call Southwest 8 Senior Services at 712-328-2540 or toll free at 800-432-9209.