Residents have until December 31, 2012 to apply for up to $650
Eligible residents of Pennsylvania who have not yet filed for the property tax and rent rebate program will still have an opportunity to do so as the deadline to file has been extended to December 31, according to Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne (R-16).
The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with permanent disabilities age 18 and older who meet the Social Security disability requirements. The income limit, excluding half of Social Security income, is $35,000 in 2011 for homeowners and $15,000 for the same year for renters. Eligible claimants may receive up to a $650 rebate depending on their income.
“I am pleased to see the deadline extended to the end of the year to allow more residents to qualify for this very important program,” Senator Browne said, whose district includes parts of Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton Counties. “Providing Pennsylvania’s senior citizens with property tax relief remains one of my top priorities. Seniors are having a harder time making ends meet with the cost of living on the rise and the economy struggling. With property taxes and rent among the largest expenses for most families, this program is one way that qualifying senior citizens can recoup some of their money.”
The household income limits and rebate amounts for homeowners are:
- $0 to $8,000 — $650 rebate
- $8,001 to $15,000 — $500 rebate
- $15,001 to $18,000 — $300 rebate
- $18,001 to $35,000 — $250 rebate
The household income limits and rebate amounts for renters are:
- $0 to $8,000 — $650 rebate
·$8,001 to $15,000 — $500 rebate
Applications and information can be obtained through any of Senator Browne’s District Offices: Allentown (702 W. Hamilton Street, Suite 101 – 610-821-8468 – Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Harrisburg (171 Main Capitol – 717-787-1349 – Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Western Lehigh County (at the Upper Macungie Township Building, 8330 Schantz Road – 610-366-2327 – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), East Allentown (1601 Union Boulevard – 610-821-6813 – Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), East Allen Township (at the East Allen Township Building, 5330 Nor-Bath Boulevard – 610-502-1567 – Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and in Monroe County (2164 Route 209 – 570-402-1499 – Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Applications are also available by visiting the state Department of Revenue’s website, www.revenue.state.pa.us, or by calling toll-free 1-888-222-9190. Claimants are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information for their claims to be processed accurately and quickly.
To check on the receipt and status of a claim, visit www.revenue.state.pa.us or call the department’s automated FACT and Information Line at 1-888-PATAXES (1-888-728-2937). Touch-tone telephone service is required. Callers will need their Social Security Number and the amount of their rebate. People can also call 1-888-222-9190 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. for help.