The Elderly and Disabled Property Tax Refund provides a partial refund of property taxes, or the equivalent in rent, paid by Denver residents who are 65 years of age or older and are income limited or totally disabled. This refund is a gift and, therefore, there is no lien attached to the property.
Who Qualifies and What Are the Restrictions?
Seniors, aged 65 or above and disabled persons are eligible for this refund. You must have been a Denver resident during the entire calendar year for which the application is being made. Only one spouse needs to be 65 years or older to qualify. The applicants must qualify based on residency and age or total disability. The maximum amount an applicant can receive is based on income.
Applicant restrictions include:
- Income for 2016 eligibility year on the application must not exceed $15,900 for single persons or $23,100 for couples.
- All income counted includes social security and retirement benefit but excludes outright gifts and medicare payments. If married, both incomes must be included, even if only one applicant is eligible.
- Applicants can not apply refund towards their property taxes. Property taxes must be paid in full prior to receiving the refund.
- Mobile homes and/or mobile home spaces only qualify for the refund if they are subject to property taxes.
- Only one refund may be claimed by a married couple, whether they live in the same dwelling unit or separate dwellings because their incomes are combined. However, if only one spouse is living in the home, that spouse must be 65 or older to claim the refund.
- In the case of a spouse's death, a living spouse would be considered married only for the year of eligibility and, in subsequent years, the living spouse would be considered single. When filing the application, the living spouse must include the death certificate and income for the deceased spouse, up until the time of their death.
- A personal representative or administrator of the estate may file for the deceased, providing the deceased was living during the entire calendar year of eligibility and a death certificate is provided.
- Unmarried individuals who are living in the same dwelling can claim a refund only if each is renting from an owner or one owns and the other is a renter.
- If the applicant is living in someone's home, such as a family member, the applicant can claim only rent (room) payments.
- Applicants do not qualify for the refund unless the dwelling unit has been subject to property taxes (and is at least 25% taxable), or if the applicant is a resident of a qualified Denver Housing Authority property.
- Living temporarily away from home does not negate your residency. However, renting the dwelling to others, while you are away, disqualifies you from the refund.
- Nursing home residents are not eligible.
How To Apply
Denver Human Services will mail applications by May 1, 2017 to anyone who applied for the rebate in the previous year (2016). Applications for the 2016 tax year must be submitted between May 1 and December 31, 2017. Applications will be processed in the order they are received and processing may take up to six (6) months. After the application has been approved and processed, a check will be mailed to the applicant.
The application must be printed neatly and filled out in its entirety. If you need help, one of our representatives can help fill out the application in our office.
Applications can also be picked up after May 1st in the self-services areas at the locations below if one is not received by mail:
Denver Human Services
Richard T. Castro Building
1200 Federal Blvd., Room 1026
Denver, CO 80204
East Office (self-service room)
3815 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80205
Montbello Office (self-service room)
4685 Peoria St.
Denver, CO 80239