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TAX CREDITS AVAILABLE TO DEFRAY HEATING COSTS, SAYS CPCO

 JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that taxpayers have received federal and state tax forms, Consumers Power Company is reminding customers that some of them may qualify for special tax credits to help defray home heating costs.
 The tax credits include the following:
 -- A Home Heating Credit from the Michigan Department of Treasury is available to customers who meet certain income guidelines to help pay winter heating bills. Additional consideration is provided for individuals who are blind, deaf, disabled, or age 65 or older, and meet these guidelines. Application forms are available beginning this week from the Michigan Department of Social Services, the Michigan Department of Treasury, Consumers Power bill payment offices, tax preparers, public libraries, post offices and banks.
 -- An Earned Income Credit is available from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for customers who earned less than $23,050 in 1993 and had a child live with them for more than six months. A tax credit of up to $2,364 is available under this program. Customers can receive more information on the program by calling the IRS at 800-829-1040.
 "These tax credits are under-utilized because many customers simply do not know about them. We encourage customers to carefully review their situation to determine their eligibility," said James R. Dunn, director of consumer affairs for Consumers Power.
 Also available is to help pay heating bills is:
 -- Supplemental Security Income from the Social Security Administration is available beginning this month to customers, age 65 or older, or disabled, with an unearned monthly income of less than $480, or $710 for a couple. New rules governing this program make it easier to qualify if a spouse or parent works, or if the customer cares for a disabled child. For more details about eligibility, customers can contact their local Social Security office, or call 800-772-1213.
 In addition to these tax credits to help defray heating costs, Consumers Power offers energy assistance programs designed to meet the needs of low-income customers, those recently unemployed and for senior citizens. Customers can call Consumers Power toll-free at 800-477-5050 for information on these programs.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving six million of the state's nine and one-half million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power News and Information, 517-788-0333/
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