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The Wisconsin Homestead Credit

Updated: Jan 25

Wisconsin’s Homestead Credit Program stands as a beacon of support for low-income taxpayers grappling with property taxes or rent.

Understanding the Homestead Credit

The Wisconsin Homestead Credit varies in amount, contingent on your household income and the rent or property taxes you've paid throughout the year. The maximum credit that can be claimed is a substantial $1,168, a significant relief for those who qualify.

Eligibility Criteria: Are You Qualified?

To be eligible for the Homestead Credit in Wisconsin, certain criteria must be met:

  • Age Requirement: Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the end of the tax year.

  • Income Limitations: Your household income, encompassing both taxable and non-taxable income, must not exceed $24,680.

  • Property Specifications: The home or apartment you rent or own must be subject to Wisconsin property taxes.

  • Residency: Applicants must be legal residents of Wisconsin for the entire year.

  • Additionally, either you or your spouse must fulfill one of the following:

    • Have net earned income during the year.

    • Be disabled.

    • Be 62 years or older by the end of the tax year.

It’s important to note that if you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's federal tax return, you're ineligible for this credit, except if you are 62 years or older by the end of the year.

Filing for the Wisconsin Homestead Credit: What You Need

When preparing to file for the Homestead Credit, you'll need to have certain documents at hand:

  1. Property Tax Bill: A copy of your property tax bill if you own your home.

  2. Rent Certificate: For renters, a rent certificate is required. This certificate needs to be completed and signed by both you and your landlord.

  3. Shared Living Expense Schedule: If your living situation involves multiple occupants who do not share household expenses equally, you’ll need to fill out a shared living expense schedule.

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