About the Home Heating Credit
Each year, the Home Heating Credit is available to Michigan residents through September 30. Over the past five five years, the average qualifying household received $209 in assistance, which is most often applied directly to residents’ utility bills—as is an additional automatic credit from select energy providers worth up to $20 monthly. Additionally, some recipients of food assistance benefits who have received a Home Heating Credit of greater than $20 may be eligible for an increase in their benefits. But don’t wait: it’s a use it or lose it credit.
In order to qualify, residents must be a homeowner, or a renter with a contracted lease, and meet income requirements. The best way to apply for the Home Heating Credit, and a number of other tax credits available to Michigan residents, is to utilize trusted free tax preparation services.
About the Free Tax Preparation
Free tax preparation is a community service designed to help Michigan residents improve their financial well-being. Residents who qualify for free tax preparation include those with disabilities, those with limited English-speaking ability, and those who earn less than $60,000 per year. Tax preparation providers are trained volunteers who are experts in taxes and have an accuracy rate, on average, higher than their for-profit colleagues.
Residents can book an appointment at a free tax preparation site by locating their site or visiting MichiganFreeTaxHelp.org. Local human service nonprofits such as United Way 2-1-1 and Community Action Agencies can also refer residents to a free tax preparation site.