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PIERRE -- Applications are being accepted for a state program that provides once-a-year refunds of sales or property taxes to eligible senior citizens and disabled individuals in South Dakota.

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Under the Sales and Property Tax Refund for Senior and Disabled Citizens, qualified applicants will receive refunds of sales or property taxes based on their income. Refund checks are issued at the end of August. The program is funded through an annual appropriation from the South Dakota Legislature.

To be eligible for refunds, applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Be at least 66 years old on or before Jan. 1 of the current year or be disabled during any part of the year. "Disabled" is defined as being qualified to receive Social Security Disability benefits, Supplemental Security Disability benefits, or the individual is a veteran with a rated disability of 60 percent or higher.

• Must have been a South Dakota resident for the entire previous year.

• Must meet annual income requirements. The 2013 income limit for a single-member household was $11,670; the limit for a multiple-member household was $15,730.

Applications for the program are available from the Department of Revenue's Property and Special Taxes Division or can be downloaded from the Department's website. Applications are also available from the local county treasurer's office. Applications will be accepted through July 1.