The following definitions apply to this subchapter:
(1) "Amenities" are items that enhance the pleasantness or desirability of rental or retirement homes, or contribute to the pleasure and enjoyment of the occupant(s), rather than to their indispensable needs. For periods beginning after December 31, 2016, "amenities" means services unrelated to the occupation of a dwelling and provided by personnel, including but not limited to meals, housekeeping, transportation, assisted living, or nursing care.
(2) "Gross household income" as defined under 15-30-2337, MCA, is further defined as:
(a) all capital gains income transactions less return of capital;
(b) federal refundable credits received; and
(c) any state refundable credits received, including elderly homeowner/renter credit refunds.
(3) "Land surrounding the eligible residence for the elderly homeowner/renter credit" is the one-acre farmstead or primary acre associated with the primary residence.
(a) If the one-acre farmstead or primary acre is not separately identified on the tax bill or assessment notice from the other acreage and the ownership is less than 20 acres, the allowable credit shall be calculated as follows: total amount of property tax billed, multiplied by 80 percent or divided by the total acreage, whichever is higher, to equal the allowable amount of property tax used in the credit calculation.
(b) Land ownership of 20 acres or more that does not have the one-acre farmstead or primary acre separately identified on the tax bill or assessment notice must be submitted to the department's local office for computation of the allowable amount of property tax used in the credit calculation.
(4) "Rent" is the amount of money charged to a tenant to occupy a dwelling. "Rent" does not include amenities.
History: 15-30-2620, MCA; IMP, 15-30-2337, 15-30-2338, 15-30-2340, MCA; NEW, 2004 MAR p. 1965, Eff. 8/20/04; AMD, 2010 MAR p. 1211, Eff. 5/14/10; AMD, 2013 MAR p. 1450, Eff. 8/9/13; AMD, 2017 MAR p. 2092, Eff. 11/10/17.