Struggling to Pay Energy Bills? Three Tax Season Resources to Provide Relief

One in five households will Piggy Bank Painting.pngstruggle to pay their energy bills. Michigan families can lower their energy bills and qualify for tax relief by taking advantage of these three resources:

  1. Call 2-1-1. The statewide network can provide callers with tax assistance locations or contact information for nonprofit organizations that can help with needs. You can also find free tax assistance locations at michiganfreetaxhelp.org.
  2. Apply to the State Emergency Relief Program if you face an immediate need – those who qualify may receive up to $1,700 in energy assistance. Apply online at Michigan.gov/mibridges or contact state Department of Health and Human Services offices. Find help near you completing the form.
  3. Ask your tax preparer about the Home Heating Credit and the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, which are benefits for working people with low to moderate income. For income guidelines, contact your employer, call the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-3676, or visit irs.gov.

Learn about programs that can help Consumers Energy customers with their bills at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/assistance. Learn about ways to reduce your energy bill and more at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/energyanswers.