Home Heating Credit Provides Help for Qualifying Michigan Residents

HHC2013GuidelinesWhile 366,700 Michigan residents claimed a Home Heating Credit averaging $137 last year, a significant share of home heating credits go unclaimed by income-eligible households.

The Home Heating Credit can be used for all types of primary heating fuel, including natural gas, propane and purchased firewood. Renters may also qualify for the credit.

Even if households do not make enough money to file income taxes, they can still apply for a Home Heating Credit. Applicants are encouraged to file early for this credit to obtain refunds sooner, though the filing deadline is Sept. 30, 2014.

Tax season is an ideal time to file the Home Heating Credit since free preparation assistance is available throughout much of the state. We want to make sure our customers know of these additional ways to receive help with heating bills, and encourage them to find the nearest free tax site by dialing 2-1-1, a free service spearheaded by the United Way.

  • Home Heating Credit forms (MI-1040CR-7) are available at most public libraries, Secretary of State branch offices, Department of Human Services branch offices. Consumers Energy customers can call us at (800) 477-5050 to get last year’s total heat cost, which is required to complete the form. This information can also be found on December, January, and February Consumers Energy billing statements.
  • The federal Earned Income Credit is another refundable federal income tax credit available to qualifying low-income taxpayers. It must be filed during tax season. For income guidelines, contact your employer, call the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-3676, or visit www.irs.gov.

In addition, we have launched the Severe Weather Assistance Team to help customers pay higher winter bills, and we’re sharing 100 ways to help save energy and Beat the Freeze.

Also, there’s still time for income-qualified residents to sign up for the CARE program and get bill relief. For details, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/assistance or view CARE Service Territory Map