A recent deadline extension gives eligible local residents until the end of the year to file for up to $975 from the state’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate program, according to Senator Pat Browne.
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 deadline to apply for a rebate was recently extended to Dec. 31, 2013.
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.
As of May 31, the Revenue Department had received 506,518 rebate applications. About 600,000 households are expected to benefit from the program.
Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190. You can also get an application at any of Senator Browne’s offices and his staff is on hand to help you fill them out.