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Total Household Resources

Total Household Resources

Total Household Resources are used to determine eligibility for the Homestead Property Tax Credit Claim and Home Heating Credit Claim. One of the most frequent reasons for adjustment or denial of these two credits is an error in reporting all income.

What are Total Household Resources?

Total household resources (THR) are the total income (taxable and nontaxable) of both spouses or of a single person maintaining a household, excluding the following:

 • net business and farm losses
 • net rent and royalty losses
 • any carryback or carryover for a net operating loss 

Note: Gifts of cash and all payments made on your behalf must be included in THR.

Checklist for Determining Total Household Resources

What is Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)?

Adjusted gross income is the amount of income determined to be taxable by the Internal Revenue Service on the federal tax return. View for more information.

If you were a full-time student, view FAQ's for College/University Students.

If I am claimed as a dependent, do I qualify for a homestead property tax credit or a home heating credit?

If someone has claimed you as a dependent, you may be eligible for a Property Tax credit. Dependents who are not full-time students may also be eligible for a Home Heating credit. However, to claim either credit, you must include all support or assistance you received from parents or others in your total household resources. For more information, view instructions for the Homestead Property Tax Credit Claim MI-1040CR. (For specific tax years, view available forms.)