Dec. 16, 2013
Dec. 31 Property Tax/Rent Rebate
Deadline Approaching, Eligible Pennsylvanians Encouraged To Apply
Filing Assistance Available at Locations Statewide
Harrisburg – Dec. 31 is the deadline for
older adults and people with disabilities to apply for rebates of up to $975
from Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, the Department of Revenue
said today, noting free application assistance is available.
all who qualify to take advantage of this tax relief and apply before the Dec.
31 deadline,” said Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser. “Time remains for residents
to review the program’s criteria to determine if they can benefit from these
costs nothing to apply for a rebate. In response to continued inquiries and
complaints regarding fee-based application filing services offered privately,
the department reminds residents that 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’ offices.
“There are plenty of free resources
available to assist residents in the application process,” said Meuser. “Forms
are still available at Revenue district offices and legislators’ offices
Assistance is also available by
calling 1-888-222-9190, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Requests for applications by telephone or mail can no
longer be considered due to the approaching deadline, but Property Tax/Rent
Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and information are available online at www.revenue.state.pa.us.
To speed processing, claimants are
reminded to provide all required income, property tax or rent information.
Applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, Dec. 31.
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 is excluded.
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
607,000 rebate applications have been received, and rebates totaling $274
million have been sent to more than 577,000 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 of 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