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Utility tax rebate for disabled and low-income residents

From staff reports:

Low-income disabled adults and low-income seniors are now able to apply for a rebate on their utility taxes through the city’s Utility Tax Rebate Program.

Started in 2003, the program covers such individuals’ utility tax portion (7.75 percent) on gas, electricity, telephone, cellphones, garbage/recycling and cable TV charges, according to the city.

“Last year, rebates averaged $123 and that can make a big difference for folks on a tight budget,” said Bryant Enge, the city’s administrative services director. Rebates vary because of consumption rates. Applications for the rebate program will be accepted through April 30.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must live within Federal Way city limits and meet the “federal government’s maximum allowable income limits.” Those limits are $30,400 for a one-person household, $34,750 for two, $39,100 for three, and $43,400 for four-person families. Required documentation includes a tax return or bank statement, and all of the applicant’s utility bills for 2011.

Seniors who wish to take advantage of the program must be 65 or older. Disabled residents must establish disability status for all or part of 2011 by providing proof of Social Security disability income, proof of supplemental security income or a physician’s disability certificate.

Applications are available at www.cityoffederalway.com/UTR or can be picked up in person at the mayor’s office in City Hall. Contact Steve Cain at (253) 835-2403 or by email at stephen.cain@cityoffederalway.com.

 

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