News for Immediate Release
Nov. 25, 2013
Families, Friends Urged to Discuss Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program as
Harrisburg – Holiday gatherings are a great opportunity to remind
older friends and relatives about Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program,
according to the Department of Revenue.
Eligible older adults and residents with
disabilities have until Dec. 31, 2013 to apply for rebates of up to $975 from the
“When families and
friends gather during the holiday season,
I urge our residents to explore eligibility for property tax or rent rebates,” Secretary
of Revenue Dan Meuser said today. “The deadline to apply is
approaching, but older residents and those with disabilities still have more
than a month to submit claims for rebates.”
It costs nothing to apply for a rebate. Free filing help is
available at hundreds of locations across the state. Application forms and
assistance are available at no cost from Department of Revenue district
offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’
Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and
information are also available online at www.revenue.state.pa.us and by
calling, toll free, 1-888-222-9190, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
To speed processing, claimants are reminded to
provide all required income, property tax or rent information. Applications
must be postmarked by Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
The 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
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but
supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.
Pennsylvania is providing $778 million in property
tax relief this year, including expanded rebates from the state’s Property
Tax/Rent Rebate Program and general property tax relief for all homeowners
distributed through school districts last summer.
Last year, more than 598,000 households received more
than $283 million in rebates. So far this year, more than 604,000 households
have applied for rebates. As of mid-November, rebates totaling $272.3 million
have been sent to almost 574,000 homeowners and renters.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five
programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971
inception, older adults and adults with disabilities have received $5.4 billion
in property tax and rent rebates. The expanded portion of the rebate program is
being paid for with revenue from slots gaming.
Media contact: Maia Warren, 717-787-6960