Prov­ince an­nounces home heat­ing re­bate

The Compass - - SPORTS -

Ef­fec­tive Oct. 24, res­i­dents of New­found­land and Labrador can ap­ply for the Home Heat­ing Re­bate.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms for the 201314 pro­gram can be down­loaded im­me­di­ately from the Depart­ment of Fi­nance’s web­sit e , ex­plained Fi­nance Min­is­ter Tom Mar­shall.

By mak­ing the re­bate avail­able in Oc­to­ber, those who qual­ify will re­ceive as­sis­tance ear­lier than in past years.

Ap­prox­i­mately 60,000 house­holds re­ceived the Home Heat­ing Re­bate last year at a cost of ap­prox­i­mately $15 mil­lion.

“We are very proud of this pro­gram along with other in­vest­ments by our gov­ern­ment that are putting money into the pock­ets of fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als,” Mar­shall stated.

The pa­ram­e­ters for the pro­gram are the same as last year, with el­i­gi­ble house­holds with an in­come of $35,000 or less qual­i­fy­ing for the max­i­mum re­bate of $250 ($500 for res­i­dents of coastal Labrador). A par­tial re­bate is avail­able to house­holds with ad­justed fam­ily in­come above $35,000, but less than $40,001, with a min­i­mum re­bate of $100.

The Depart­ment of Fi­nance has en­tered into a new part­ner­ship with the Canada Rev­enue Agency (CRA) this year so that ap­pli­cants who are reg­is­tered and cur­rently re­ceive ei­ther their per­sonal in­come tax re­fund or GST/HST credit by di­rect de­posit from CRA will re­ceive their home heat­ing re­bate by di­rect de­posit into that same bank ac­count.

This will al­low th­ese in­di­vid­u­als to re­ceive their pay­ment faster. This part­ner­ship re­flects an on­go­ing ef­fort by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to move to­wards di­rect elec­tronic pay­ments where pos­si­ble. If ap­pli­cants are not reg­is­tered with CRA for di­rect de­posit, they will re­ceive their home heat­ing re­bate by cheque.

Com­plete de­tails of the pro­gram, in­clud­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion form, can be found online at www.gov.nl.ca/fin/home­heat­ing, by call­ing toll-free at 1-855-2237432 or by email at home­heat­pro­gram@gov.nl.ca.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms will also be avail­able in pro­vin­cial news­pa­pers, be­gin­ning next week, at re­gional of­fices of the Depart­ment of Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills, Ser­vice NL Cen­tres, and the Se­niors Re­source Cen­tre in St. John’s.

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