Senior Citizen Property Tax Refund Credit (Circuit Breaker)





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

Benefit Varies with Income

Benefit Type

Circuit Breaker


The benefit is a refundable credit to income tax bill for property taxes accrued or rent, or both, paid in that taxable year. Information concerning the benefit for tax year 2021 which is paid in 2022 is determined by 21 income brackets with maximum relief ranging from $502 if income is under $1,751 (living alone) or $2,501 (living with spouse/dependents), to $56 if income is $3,651-$3,750 (living alone) or $5,351-$5,500 (living with spouse/ dependents). The maximum benefit cannot exceed the property tax bill or the designated rent. The landlord designates the percentage of rent attributable to property taxes.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Credit to the income tax bill

Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

Only homesteads are eligible for this benefit. A homestead is the principal dwelling owned or rented by the claimant. A homestead may also include a mobile home and the land upon which it is located.

Eligibility Criteria



Income Ceiling

Principal Residence


Other Criteria

Description of Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, the applicant must be 65 or older during the taxable year or must be a recipient of Supplement Security Income (SSI) benefits under the Social Security Act. The applicant also must have paid either property taxes or rent during the taxable year and must have resided in Arizona the whole year. The maximum 2021 household income for 2022 return for either homeowner or renter is $3,750 for individuals and $5,500 for married couples or those that live with others regardless of marital status. Income is based on salary and wages and retirement income as well as income from business sources. Income does not include social security benefits or other government benefits, such as veteran's disability payments.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government is unable to exercise an option

Local Option Regarding Program Features

No local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

State reimburses all of the local government tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

The state provides the benefit directly to the taxpayer through the income tax.

Record ID



To apply for the program, a claimant shall fill out the required forms by April 15th. A six month extension may be granted for filing the claim if it is requested by the applicant. For applicants 70 years old or over, they may be eligible to defer payment of property taxes. If they participate in that program, they are not claim this credit.


Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 43-1072 (in effect for 2022)
Arizona Department of Revenue Booklet 140PTC: Property Tax Refund Credit tax year 2020 for filing in 2021
[ Accessed 08/31/2022]
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