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Do I qualify for the Nonrefundable Renter's Credit?

You qualify for the Nonrefundable Renter's Credit if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • You were a resident of California for at least 6 full months during 2018.
  • Your California adjusted gross income (AGI) is $41,641 or less if your filing status is Single or Married Filing Separately or $83,282 or less if you are Married Filing Jointly, Head of Household, or Qualified Widow(er).
  • You paid rent for at least half of 2018 for property in California that was your principal residence. This includes paying rent for a home, apartment, land for your mobile home, or similar property. This does NOT include mortgage payments for a property you have purchased.
  • You did not live with another person for more than half the year (such as a parent) who claimed you as a dependent in 2018.
  • You are not a minor living with and under the care of a parent, foster parent, or legal guardian.
  • You rented property for more than half the year that was not exempt from California property tax in 2018. Exempt property includes most government-owned buildings, church-owned parsonages, college dormitories, and military barracks.
  • Neither you nor your spouse, if married, was granted a homeowner's property tax exemption during 2018. (You can still qualify for the credit, even though your spouse claimed a homeowner's exemption, as long as each of you maintained a separate residence for the entire year in 2018).

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