Can I submit an application to determine my eligibility to receive income based support to more than one program?
Yes. You may apply for income verification to both the Mass Solar Loan and Clean Heating Programs but separate applications must be submitted to each. Eligibility for all Clean Heating and Cooling programs will be determined in response to a single application. For example, if you submit an application to determine your eligibility for income based support under the ground-source heat pump program, your letter of determination will also indicate your eligibility under the air-source heat pump, solar thermal, and biomass programs.
Does it cost anything submit an application to determine my eligibility to receive income-based support?
Income verification is free.
How do I determine my household size?
The Household Member definition is based on the US Census bureau definition and would include any person occupying (living in) the system owners household. If you would include the person when filling out a US Census form they should be included here. As part of the Income Verification application, system owners will indicate the number of 18+ Household Members, as well as the number of Under 18 Household Members. The total of these two values will determine your total Household Size, and income from all 18+ Household Members will be included in the verification.
How is total household income calculated?
Total household income is calculated by adding the total income (line 22 of the Tax Form 1040) of each adult in the household.
I was divorced last year, can I subtract my spouses income to qualify?
The income used to determine eligibility is the gross income on the last tax return you filed. If you filed jointly, your spouse’s income would be included. You would need to wait until you filed your next tax return if you wished to use only your own income.
What happens to my paperwork after I mail or fax it?
InClime scans all paper copies of the 4506-T into the MassCECiverify portal, where they are stored in an encrypted format. All paper copies are then destroyed by cross-cut shredder. No paper copies of the 4506-T are retained.
Will completing this application impact my credit score?
No. This verification consists only of an income verification using the IRS form 4506-T. This form is sent directly to the IRS, and the IRS sends the results only to us. We share the results only with MassCEC and you, and we do so only to determine program eligibility. This income verification is not reported to any other parties.
Clean Heating and Cooling Programs
Does my household size impact my eligibility?
Yes. Eligibility limits are based on a sliding scale with income thresholds increasing as household size increases. The thresholds can be found here.
Mass Solar Loan Program
Is my spouse’s income included when calculating my household income?
Your household income is determined solely based on the total income listed on the last tax return you filed. If you filed a joint return, your spouse’s income would be included.