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Tax Refunds Available for Seniors and People with Disabilities

July 1 deadline for eligible seniors and people with disabilities to apply for a tax refund. Credit: Jerry Oster/GDNS.
July 1 deadline for eligible seniors and people with disabilities to apply for a tax refund. Credit: Jerry Oster/GDNS.
June 8, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities in South Dakota can get a refund on their property or sales taxes, but they have to apply, and the deadline is approaching.

Erik Nelson, associate state director for AARP-South Dakota, says the program has a long record.

"It's been in place since 1974, and over the 40 years the program has returned $34 million to some of our most vulnerable senior citizens in the state," he relates.

Open enrollment runs through July 1. Refunds will be made beginning in August.

Nelson says applicants will get a refund of either property taxes or sales taxes.

"The average refund in 2014 was about $200, and again you can apply for both, but you will receive refund from property or sales tax, whichever is greater," he explains.

To be eligible, individuals must be at least 66 years old on or before Jan. 1, or be disabled and be a South Dakota resident for an entire year.

The income limit for a single person is $11,670 dollars. For a multiple-family household it's $15,730.

Nelson says those limits were increased by the 2014 Legislature.

"We hope that has an impact in that the income limits went up by about a $1,000, whether you were a single or multi-member household about a year ago,” he says. “So it kind of opened the umbrella a little bit wider for low-income seniors and disabled residents to be eligible for the plan."

Applications are online from the South Dakota Department of Revenue, or by calling 800-829-9188, extension 2.


Jerry Oster, Public News Service - SD