December 31 Deadline Set for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

(HARRISBURG) — Eligible Pennsylvanians have until December 31, 2009, to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2008, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).

Corman said the rebates are paid through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, which benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

The program was recently expanded to raise income limits from $15,000 to $35,000 (which excludes half of Social Security income) for homeowners. In addition, the maximum rebate for both homeowners and renters was increased from $500 to $650. The income limit for renters is $15,000.

“If folks think they may qualify to receive a rebate in 2008, they should download the form online or request that a form be mailed to them,” Corman said. “To allow sufficient time for mailing, requests for forms by mail will be accepted until Tuesday, December 15, 2009.”

“Pennsylvania seniors can find substantial relief from school property taxes through the Property Tax Relief and Rent Rebate program,” Corman said. “Last year, thousands residents in my district who were eligible did not apply by the December 31 deadline. The guidelines are pretty straight forward, and applying is easy.”

The household income limits and rebate amounts 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

Applications and information can be obtained through the state Department of Revenue’s website, 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.

Anna Fitzsimmons
Phone: (717) 787-1377