Hardship assistance available in Juneau

Juneau residents age 65 and older are encouraged to apply for the 2024 Senior Citizen Hardship Tax Programs, offering assistance through the Senior Citizen Real Property Hardship Exemption and the Senior Citizen Sales Tax Hardship Rebate.

Both programs, which require annual applications, aim to alleviate financial burdens for qualifying seniors. Eligibility is based on the gross income level for the previous year, with applications now open for consideration.

Real Property Hardship Exemption

The Senior Citizen Real Property Hardship Exemption provides extra relief to households with incomes falling below 120% of the HUD median income for Juneau. Although the 2024 HUD data is pending, seniors are urged to apply based on the 2023 income levels. Applications for this exemption must be submitted by April 30, 2024.

For assistance or inquiries regarding the Senior Citizen Real Property Hardship Exemption, contact the Assessor’s Office at 907-586-5215 ext. 4906 or email assessor.office@juneau.gov.

Seniors who are applying for the Real Property Hardship Exemption for the first time should remember to file for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemption by March 31, 2024. For clarification or assistance with applications, reach out to the Assessor’s Office.

Sales Tax Hardship Rebate

Applicants with a valid Senior Sales Tax Exemption card may qualify for the Senior Citizen Sales Tax Hardship Rebate if their gross income falls below 250% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines for Alaska.

The rebate amounts vary based on individual or married applicants.

Applications for this rebate must be submitted by June 30, 2024.

For inquiries or assistance regarding the Senior Citizen Sales Tax Hardship Rebate, contact the Sales Tax Office at 907-586-5215 ext. 4901 or email sales.tax.office@juneau.gov.

Application forms and further details can be found online at https://juneau.org/finance/sales-tax/senior-citizen-tax-benefits.