Town of Berlin, CT - Incorporated 1785

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Tina Doyle,
Sr. Center Director
Berlin Senior Center (more)
33 Colonial Dr
Berlin, CT 06037
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  • Phone: 
    (860) 828-7006
  • Fax: 
    (860) 828-7116
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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State/Federal Financial Assistance Program

ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Energy Assistance Program 2015-2016

New Opportunities of Greater Meriden is still taking applications for Electric, Gas, and Heat included customers. The Senior Center is no longer taking applications.  You must go to New Opportunities of Greater Meriden, 74 Cambridge Street, Meriden for an appointment. Deadline to apply is April 30th.
The following documentation is needed:
  1. Copy of your latest Social Security check for 2016 or provide your latest bank statement (All Pages) showing direct deposit of your 2016 check. Must be current or not more than one month old.
  2. Copy of your latest 2016 pension check or bank statement (All Pages) showing direct deposit. Must be current or not more than one month old.
  3. Assets-Proof of each account. Must show current value (not interest earned) of all "liquid" accounts, such as bank books, check books, CD's, money markets, IRA's, stocks, bonds, etc. Your "liquid" assets-can not exceed $7,000 (renters) or $10,000 for (homeowners). If you are over the asset limit, the difference will be added to your income. All pages of all assets will be required.
  4. Gas or Electric Bills are required for households whose primary heat is gas or electric. The name and address on the bill must match one member of the household. Your latest electric bill is now required.
  5. Social Security Numbers and dates of birth for each member of the household.
  6. Name, address and telephone number of landlord. A Rent receipt is only required for people whose heat is included in their rent. The annual income guideline for households whose heat is included in their rent is: Single** and Couple**. This includes renters at Sage Pond Place.
  7. Name and address of your oil vendor or other vendor of deliverable fuel (coal, propane, etc). Check with vendor and to be sure that they are participating in the State of CT Energy Assistance Program for the 2015-2016 heating season.
  8. Income must be shown for every member of the household. If employed-household member(s) must provide last four consecutive paystubs.
  9. Annual Income guidelines (for households whose heat is not included in their rent) are as follows: One Person Household-Income cannot exceed $32,190. Two Person Household-Income cannot exceed $42,095.
 
Free Tax Assistance through AARP Tax Aide
Every Tuesday at the Library & Thursdays at the Senior Center
(APPOINTMENTS END APRIL 14TH)

AARP Tax-Aide, a free program, provides income tax preparation assistance for low and middle-income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to those 60 and older. It's free, it's easy. Here's all you need to do:

If married, both husband and wife should be present during the income tax counseling session. Both signatures are required.

Taxes are completed in one session, so taxpayers must bring with them all documentation necessary to complete their return:

Complete copy of last year's 2014 tax return.
Social Security or Individual Taxpayer ID numbers for household members and personal identification.
A personal check showing bank account and routing numbers (if direct deposit/withdrawal is requested).
All documents that relate to deductible expenses.
All 2015 income tax forms that have been received. This includes but may not be limited to:
SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement
1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, 1099-MISC)
W-2 Wage and Tax Statement forms
W-2G Certain Gambling Winner forms
Documentation showing original cost of assets sold during 2013
People who do not itemize may want to bring in their property tax bill for credit on their CT income tax. If people have a mortgage they usually receive a Form 1098 Mortgage and Interest Statement which reports property taxes.
To schedule an appointment with a certified Tax-Aide counselor or to obtain information, call the Berlin Senior Center at (860) 828-7006 or the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library at (860) 828-7125.

Renter's Rebate Program 2016

Guidelines for State of CT Renter's Rebate Program:
1. Claimant must have resided in CT for any one year period prior to filing an application.
2. Claimant, or spouse if living together must have been 65 years of age by December 31, 2015.
OR
Be 50 years of age or older and the surviving spouse of a renter, who at the time of his death qualified and was entitled to tax relief.
3. Persons 18+ years old who are receiving Social Security Disability or Disability benefits.

QUALIFYING INCOME:
Single  Not to exceed $35,200
Married  Not to exceed $42,900

WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS NEEDED

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE PRESENTED AT THE TIME OF YOUR APPOINTMENT OR YOU WILL NEED TO RESCHEDULE

1. Evidence of payments for rent, utility (electricity, gas, water and fuel) and proof of all 2015 income.
a. Rent receipts or canceled rent checks for entire 2015 year.
b. Electric/Gas/Water/Fuel bills, canceled checks or payment histories from the utility companies for entire 2015 year.
c. Social Security benefit statement for 2015 (SSA 1099).
d. Bank interest statement and dividends (2015 1099s).
e. Pension statement for (2015 1099s).
f. Copy of 2015 Federal income tax return (1040), if filed must be presented.

PLEASE NOTE: THE RENTER'S REBATE PROGRAMS RUNS FROM APRIL 1ST TO OCTOBER 1ST, 2016. RENTER REBATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AT THE SENIOR CENTER. YOU MUST HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION AT THE TIME OF YOUR APPOINTMENT. IF YOU DO NOT, YOU WILL NEED TO RESCHEDULE.

APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE IN APRIL, 2016 AND MUST BE MADE BY CALLING THE SENIOR CENTER AT (860) 828-7006 DURING BUSINESS HOURS 8:30-4:00PM.


Please call Jane at (860) 828-7006 to schedule your appointment and if you have any questions.