On October 22, Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 1067 into law. As a result, income eligibility guidelines for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program have changed in order to account for increased incomes due solely to Social Security cost of living adjustments (COLAs).
Any homeowner who received the Social Security cost of living adjustment, can now qualify with an income of up to $35,298 during the 2013 claim year. Also, renters who received the Social Security cost of living adjustment and has an income of up to $15,128 for the 2013 claim year can also apply.
The Property Tax/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. Half of Social Security income is excluded.
Senator Pat Browne has been a strong advocate for property tax relief across the Commonwealth.
“I am pleased to hear that the income qualifications have been raised for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.” Senator Browne said. “This program provides much needed assistance to fixed income families all across the Commonwealth. Increasing this qualifying threshold means that more Pennsylvanians will be able to receive a much needed reprieve from property tax and rent.”
The Department of Revenue is automatically reviewing any previously denied rebates for the claim year 2013, which would now qualify due to these changes.
Senator Browne also explained that more information about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program can be obtained through any of his district offices, including his Allentown Main District Office located at 702 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101 or by calling 610-821-8468. Information can also be directly obtained from the Department of Revenue at their toll-free hotline 1-888-222-9190 or online at www.revenue.state.pa.us .