Dec. 31 is the deadline for older adults and people with disabilities to apply for rebates of up to $975 from Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.
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. Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and information are also available online at www.revenue.state.pa.us.
To speed processing, claimants are reminded to provide all required income,
property tax or rent information. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, Dec. 31.
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying
homeowners can boost rebates to $975.
Pennsylvania is providing $782.5 million in property tax relief this year, including expanded rebates from the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and general property tax relief for all homeowners distributed through school districts last summer.
Last year, more than 604,000 seniors received $284.1 million in rebates. So far this year, more than 617,000 rebate applications have been received, and as of Dec. 13, rebates totaling $278.7 million have been sent to more than 588,000
homeowners and renters.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older adults and adults with disabilities have received $5.4 billion in of property tax and rent rebates. The expanded portion of the rebate program is being paid for with revenue from slots gaming.