There’s still time for Michigan residents to get help paying their heating bills with the Michigan Home Heating Credit. If qualifying residential customers have not yet received the credit for this year, they can file for it through September 30, 2011.
The Home Heating Credit Claim form (MI-1040CR-7) is generally available wherever other tax forms are provided. They are also available at:
- The Michigan Department of Treasury at 517-636-4486 or www.michigan.gov/taxes
- Consumers Energy bill payment offices, www.consumersenergy.com/energyanswers, or 1-800-477-5050
- Customers in Wayne and Oakland counties can get free filing assistance through the Accounting Aid Society at 1-866-673-0873
Applicants can get their annual heating cost, required on the form, by calling us at 1-800-477-5050.
Last year, nearly 473,000 Michigan residents received $80.6 million in aid through the Home Heating Credit program, which is funded by the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The Home Heating Credit can be applied to all heating costs, including propane and purchased firewood. Applicants do not need to file a state tax return to receive this credit.
Whitney Skeans, our customer assistance coordinator, advises customers to act now because of anticipated federal and state funding cuts “Though the 2011 credit is averaging about $135 per household, less than the 2010 average credit, we recognize that every bit helps,” she said.