Under a recent change, the Department of Revenue will now pay property tax and rent rebate claims filed on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day during a claim year and meet all other eligibility criteria, according to Senator Pat Browne.
Surviving spouses, personal representatives and estates of residents who lived at least one day in 2013 may apply for rebates on behalf of eligible decedents by the December 31 program application deadline. Claims will be paid based upon the amount of property tax or rent paid during the claim year.
“This recent change will benefit a number of Lehigh Valley families,” said Senator Browne. “Until now, claims had to be for the full calendar year. I urge survivors of eligible claimant to file a claim for this rebate.”
The Property Tax and Rent 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.
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.).
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.