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Am I eligible for a state renter's tax credit?

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If you pay rent on your primary residence, you might be able to claim a tax credit. These are awarded only on the state level—there is no federal renter’s tax credit.

If your state offers such a credit, we'll ask rent-related questions when you go through your interview in TurboTax. But if you want more info, find your state below to learn what tax credits you may qualify for.

Note: Most of these credits depend on the owner of your building paying property taxes. If they don’t pay these taxes, you may not qualify.

Alabama (AL) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Alaska (AK) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Arizona (AZ) offers a credit to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Lived in Arizona the entire year
  • Paid rent on a main home in Arizona during the tax year
  • Were 65 or older by December 31 of the tax year or received Title 16 Supplemental Security Income
  • Earned a total household income less than $5,501 or less than $3,751 if they lived alone

You can claim this credit when you file your state tax return.

Arkansas (AR) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

California (CA) offers a credit to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Paid rent in California for at least half the year
  • Made $43,533 or less (single or married/registered domestic partner (RDP) filing separately) or $87,066 or less (married/RDP filing jointly, head of household, or qualified widow(er))
  • Didn’t live with someone who can claim them as a dependent
  • Weren’t given a property tax exemption during the tax year

You’ll get $60 if you’re single or married/RDP filing separately or $120 if you’re married/RDP filing jointly, head of household, or qualified widow(er). You can claim this credit when you file your state tax return.

Colorado (CO) offers a rebate to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Lived in Colorado the entire year
  • Are 65 years of age or older, a surviving spouse 58 years of age or older, or disabled
  • Aren’t claimed as a dependent on another person's federal income tax return
  • Meet specific income guidelines

You need to apply here to receive this rebate.

Connecticut (CT) offers a rebate to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Lived in Connecticut for at least one year
  • Are 65 years of age or older, a surviving spouse of someone who was entitled to renters tax relief 50 years of age or older, or 18 years of age or older and disabled

You can get up to $900 if you’re married or $700 if you’re single. You need to apply with this form to receive this rebate.

Delaware (DE) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

District of Columbia (DC) offers a credit to renters depending on household income. You can claim this credit by filing a Schedule H form when you file your state tax return.

Florida (FL) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Georgia (GA) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Hawaii (HI) offers a credit to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Made less than $30,000
  • Are a Hawaii resident who was present in Hawaii for more than nine months of the tax year
  • Paid more than $1,000 in rent
  • Aren’t claimed as a dependent by someone else

You can claim this credit when you file your state tax return.

Idaho (ID) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Illinois (IL) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Indiana (IN) offers a deduction to all renters (except those who rent property that is exempt from Indiana property tax), up to $3,000. You can claim this deduction when you file your state tax return.

Iowa (IA) offers a credit to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Had a household income less than $24,354 
  • Are 65 years of age or older or at least 18 years old and have a disability
  • Rent property that is not exempt from Iowa property tax

You have to apply for this relief every year using this form.

Kansas (KS) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Kentucky (KY) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Louisiana (LA) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Maine (ME) offers a credit to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Paid rent on your primary residence in Maine during any part of the tax year
  • Are not Married Filing Separately
  • Made less than:
    • $42,000 if Single
    • $55,000 if Head of Household ($68,000 if you have two or more dependents)
    • $55,000 if Married Filing Jointly ($68,000 if you have one or more dependents)

You can claim this credit when you file your state tax return.

Maryland (MD) offers a credit to renters who are age 60 or older, disabled, or make below a certain income. You can get up to $1,000. You have to apply for this relief every year using this form.

Massachusetts (MA) offers a credit to renters for up to 50% of your rent paid, up to $3,000 ($1,500 per return if married filing separately), as long as the rental property is your primary residence. You can claim this credit when you file your state tax return.

Michigan (MI) offers a credit to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Paid rent on your primary residence in Michigan for at least 6 months
  • Made $60,600 or less in household income and resources

You can claim this credit when you file your state tax return with form MI-1040CR.

Minnesota (MN) offers a tax refund to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Spent 183 days or more in the state
  • Aren’t claimed as a dependent by someone else
  • Their household income was less than $64,920

You have to apply using Form M1PR.

Mississippi (MS) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Missouri (MO) offers a rebate to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Made $27,200 or less if single or $29,200 or less if married filing jointly
  • Are 65 years of age or older, a surviving spouse 60 years of age or older, or disabled

You can get up to $750. You need to apply here to receive this rebate.

Montana (MT) offers a credit to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Were 62 years of age or older on December 31
  • Lived in Montana for at least nine months
  • Rented a home in Montana for at least six months
  • Have a household income under $45,000

You can get up to $1,000. You can claim this credit when you file your state tax return.

Nebraska (NE) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Nevada (NV) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

New Hampshire (NH) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

New Jersey (NJ) offers two tax breaks for renters, letting you take advantage of whichever gives you the most money:

  • A property tax deduction of 18% of your rent
  • A property tax credit of $50

You can claim either the deduction or the credit when you file your state tax return.

New Mexico (NM) offers a rebate to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Are age 65 or older
  • Have a modified gross income of less than $16,000 for the year
  • Were residents of New Mexico for any part of the tax year
  • Were physically present in New Mexico for at least six months
  • Are not eligible to be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer
  • Were not an inmate of a public institution for a period of more than six months

The rebate can be up to $250 ($125 if married filing separately) and can be claimed when you file your state tax return.

New York (NY) offers a credit to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Have a household gross income of $18,000 or less
  • Lived in the same New York residence for at least six months
  • Were a New York State resident for the entire tax year
  • Paid $450 or less in monthly rent, not counting charges for heat, gas, electricity, furnishings, or board
  • Owned property, such as houses, garages, and land, totaling to a value of $85,000 or less
  • Aren’t able to be claimed as a dependent by someone else

You can get up to $375, depending on your age. You can claim this credit when you file your state tax return with Form IT-214.

North Carolina (NC) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

North Dakota (ND) offers a refund to renters who are 65 years of age or older or disabled. If 20% of your annual rent exceeds 4% of your income, you’ll receive a refund for overpayment of rent in the amount of the difference, up to $400.

You need to apply here to receive this refund.

Ohio (OH) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Oklahoma (OK) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Oregon (OR) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Pennsylvania (PA) offers a rebate to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Made $15,000 or less (you can exclude one half of Social Security income in determining your income for this rebate)
  • Are 65 years of age or older, a widow(er) 50 years of age or older, or disabled and at least 18 years of age

You can get up to $650 depending on your income. You must apply here to receive this credit.

Rhode Island (RI) offers a credit to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Are 65 years of age or older or disabled
  • Lived in Rhode Island for the entire calendar year
  • Had a household income of $30,000 or less
  • Are current on all rent payments

You can claim this credit when you file your state tax return with form RI-1040H.

South Carolina (SC) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

South Dakota (SD) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Tennessee (TN) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Texas (TX) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Utah (UT) offers a refund to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Were 66 years of age or older on December 31 or are a widow(er) of any age
  • Lived in Utah for the entire calendar year 
  • Aren’t claimed as a dependent by someone else
  • Meet certain income requirements

You have to apply here to receive this refund.

Vermont (VT) offers a credit to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Lived in Vermont for the entire year and rented for at least six months during the year
  • Meet certain income requirements
  • Aren’t claimed as a dependent by someone else

Only one person per household can take advantage of this rebate. You can claim it when you file your state tax return.

Virginia (VA) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Washington (WA) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

West Virginia (WV) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

Wisconsin (WI) offers a credit to renters who fulfill all of these requirements:

  • Lived in Wisconsin from January 1 through December 31
  • Are 18 years of age or older on December 31
  • Have less than $24,680 in household income
  • Have positive earned income, are 62 years of age or older, or are disabled
  • Aren’t claimed as a dependent by someone else
  • Aren’t receiving Title XIX medical assistance
  • Aren’t claiming Wisconsin farmland preservation credit
  • Aren’t claiming the veterans and surviving spouses property tax credit
  • Aren't filing a claim on behalf of a person after that person's death
  • Haven’t received Wisconsin Works (W2) payments of any amount or county relief payments of $400 or more each month

Only one person per household can take advantage of this rebate. You can claim it when you file your state tax return with Schedule H-EZ.

Wisconsin's school property tax credit is also available to renters and can be claimed when you file your state tax return.

Wyoming (WY) doesn’t offer a renter's credit.

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