Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program Now Open

The 2015 Property Tax and Rent Rebate program is now open and accepting applications, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne.

The program benefits Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is no more each year than $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters. Applicants are reminded that when calculating income, only half of Social Security income is included.

Any resident who meets the program’s guidelines and who has not already filed a 2015 Property Tax and Rent Rebate Application may qualify for a rebate of up to $650.

“Property taxes and rent are two of the largest expenses that individuals and families have to pay each year,” Senator Browne said. “This program provides real relief to those qualifying homeowners and renters and allows them to recoup some of their hard-earned money.”

The deadline to apply for a rebate program is June 30, 2016.

Applications and information are available by visiting or calling Senator Browne’s Allentown Office (610-821-8468) located at 702 Hamilton Street in Allentown, or by calling his Western Lehigh County Office (610-366-2327) or his Northern Lehigh County Office (610-769-5566). Claimants are reminded to bring with them and provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information – including a rent certificate signed by their landlord – for their claims to be processed accurately and quickly.

Applications are also available by visiting the Property Tax and Rent Rebate section of state Department of Revenue’s website.

More than $269 million in property tax and rent rebates were sent to more than 564,000 homeowners and renters across the state for taxes and rent paid in 2014. Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $5.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and slots revenue.

Contact:           Matt Moyer      (610) 821-8468