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Low-income disabled and seniors benefit from City’s utility tax rebate program

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December 08, 2010

Brook Lindquist
Executive Assistant

Low-income disabled and seniors benefit from City’s utility tax rebate program

Federal Way low-income disabled and low-income senior citizens can once again seek a rebate on their utility taxes thanks to the City of Federal Way’s Utility Tax Rebate Program. Low income senior citizens have qualified for the program since its inception in 2003 while low income disabled citizens have been eligible since 2007.

The rebate program, which helped 103 seniors and 51 disabled citizens last year, represents the
City’s utility tax (7.75%) on gas, electricity, telephone, cell phones, garbage/recycling, and cable TV charges. In 2009, rebates averaged $133; actual amounts vary depending on household utility consumption. Taxes on wastewater/water charges and prepaid cell phones are not eligible.

Applicants must live within city limits and meet federal income limits: $30,000 for a one-person
household, $34,250 for two, $38,550 for three, and $42,800 for four-person families. Required
documents include a tax return or bank statements, and the customer’s complete utility bills.
Low-income senior citizens must be 65 years-old or older. Low-income disabled citizens must
establish disability status for all or part of 2010 by providing one of the following: proof of
Social Security disability income; proof of supplemental security income; or a physician’s
disability certificate.
Applications are being accepted from Jan. 1 through April 30, 2011. Applications are available
online. To download an application, go to the City of Federal Way’s website at and click on Utility Tax Rebate Program under the Quick Links
section. Applications are also available at City Hall, 33325 8
Ave. S. Applications can be
delivered to City Hall or mailed to the City. Applications must be submitted no later than April
30, 2011.
For more information, contact the City, 253.835.2403.

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