Qualifying Customers Encouraged to File for State Home Heating Credit

Qualifying residential customers who have not yet received a Home Heating Credit this year are encouraged to file before September 30, 2012.  The Home Heating Credit is based on household size and income. It 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.

“With federal funding cuts for utility assistance anticipated this coming winter, the time to act is now,” said Whitney Skeans, Consumers Energy’s customer assistance coordinator. “Since January, over 130,000 Consumers Energy customers have received a credit on the average of $148 per household. When you consider that this represents about two months of heating cost, it’s no small change. Indeed, every bit helps.”

Last year, more than 484,000 Michigan residents received $66.8 million in aid through the Home Heating Credit program, which is funded by the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

We can provide applicants with their annual heating cost, required on the form, by calling the utility at 1-800-477-5050. Additional information for our customers on how to apply for a Home Heating Credit is available by visiting our website.

The Home Heating Credit Claim form (MI-1040CR-7) is generally available wherever other tax forms are provided.  You also may get forms from the Michigan Department of Treasury at (517) 636-4486, at www.michigan.gov/heatingassistance, at Consumers Energy bill payment offices, at our website, or by calling us at (800) 477-5050.  For customers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties, free filing assistance is available at 5 metro-area locations through the Accounting Aid Society (1-866-673-0873).