Homeowner/renter credit available to qualifying seniors

Senior Center News
Thursday, February 7, 2019
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The Hardin Senior Center is offering, on a limited time frame and basis, AARP Tax Aide. On Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, we will take appointments of four people per day. Available times are 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. I will post the March schedule after Feb. 26. If you would like to make an appointment in Billings with AARP, the phone number is (406) 794-0083. They are located at 1505 Ave. D in the Adult Resource Alliance Building, behind Sears. Our phone number at the Hardin Senior Center is (406) 665-2581 for appointments.

From the Montana Department of Revenue is information on filing for the 2018 Montana Elderly Homeowner/Renter Credit.

Montana allows qualifying individuals a credit for a portion of their property taxes or rent paid. This refundable credit of up to $1,000 can be claimed against state income tax liability or as a direct refund if the person is not required to file a Montana state income tax return. Only one claim per household is allowed.

If an individual can answer YES to all the following questions, he or she may be eligible for the credit:

1. Were you 62 or older as of Dec. 31, 2017?

2. Did you live in a Montana residence as an owner or renter for a total of six months or more during 2017?

3. Did you live in Montana for nine months or more during 2017?

4. Was your total gross household income less than $45,000 in 2017? Form 2EC contains instructions for determining total gross household income for the purpose of determining the tax credit.

Beginning with tax year 2017, individuals claiming the Elderly Homeowner/ Renter Credit who are residents of a long-term care facility that is not exempt of property taxes can use a new method for determining the amount of rent to report. See the instructions for “Line 7-Rent Equivalent Paid” on Form 2EC.

The nursing home or assisted living director can assist the residents with filing the 2EC.

For additional information and assistance regarding the Elderly Homeowner/Renter Credit, contact our call center at

(406) 444-6900. The AARP Tax Aides can help you file for this credit too.

This month’s birthday dinner is on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Hardin and Lodge Grass Senior Centers. The Lodge Grass Senior Center menu features roast beef for that day. Please call them at (406) 639-2265 for a reservation. The Hardin Senior Center has pork roast on the menu that day. Call us at (406) 665-2581 or stop in to sign up before Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Hardin Senior Center menu:

Thursday, Feb. 7 – tamale pie, vegetables, salad, dessert
Friday, Feb. 8 – hamburger on a bun, vegetables, chips and dip, dessert
Monday, Feb. 11 – goulash, vegetables, garlic bread, dessert
Tuesday, Feb. 12 – chicken noodle soup, sandwich, dessert
Wednesday, Feb. 13 – tuna casserole, salad, vegetables, dessert
Thursday, Feb. 14 – barbecue chicken, coleslaw, beans, Valentine cookies

Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:

Friday, Feb. 8 – vegetable beef soup, fry bread, cottage cheese, pineapple
Monday, Feb. 11 – bratwurst, mac and cheese, carrots, baked beans, pears, roll, pumpkin bar
Wednesday, Feb. 13 – meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, spinach, bread, cherry delight