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    Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications now available

    Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanian’s claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018. The deadline to apply for these rebates is June 30, 2019.

    The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The income eligibility level for the Property Tax Rebate Program is $35,000 a year, excluding half of Social Security income. The income eligibility level for the Rent Rebate Program is $15,000 a year, excluding half of Social Security income. Pennsylvania residents must be 65 years or older, widow or widower age 50 or older, or those permanently disabled age 18-64.

    Applicants must provide all necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process forms. Once the application is completed, the easiest way to check the status of your rebate claim is to visit the website that the Department of Revenue maintains—Where’s my PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate.

    The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. The rebate program also receives funding from slots gaming.

    Homeowners receive:

    Income Maximum Rebate
    $0 to $8,000 $650
    $8,001 to $15,000 $500
    $15,001 to $18,000 $300
    $18,001 to $35,000 $250

    Renters receive:

    Income Maximum Rebate
    $0 to $8,000 $650
    $8,001 to $15,000 $500

    In addition, the law gives the following relief to seniors in most need:

    • Seniors who live in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Scranton, where local wage/income tax rates are very high, will not benefit from a local tax shift to lower taxes on top of the reduction offered by the state funded property tax relief. To ensure that seniors in these communities receive significant property tax relief, each senior household with income under $30,000 has its property tax rebate increase by an additional 50 percent.
    • In addition, property tax rebates are increased by an additional 50 percent for senior households in the rest of state, so long as those households have incomes under $30,000 and pay more than 15 percent of income in property taxes.

    Free Assistance

    Property Tax/Rent Rebate application forms and assistance are available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.

     

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