for Immediate Release
Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Now Available
Free Filing Assistance Available Statewide
– Application forms for the Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate
Program are now available for eligible residents to begin claiming rebates on
property taxes or rent paid in 2013.
The rebate program
benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and persons with disabilities age 18
and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000
annually for renters, with
half of Social Security income excluded.
The maximum standard
rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost
rebates to $975.
Each resident who prepared
and filed a paper rebate form last year, and did not utilize computer software to
do so, should have received a 2013 application form by now. Renters who
prepared claims last year using computer software rather than the PA-1000
booklet received letters by mail reminding the resident to apply for a 2013
rebate and providing them with two copies of the PA-1000 Rent Certificate.
It 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.
Applications are also available
online at www.revenue.state.pa.us
or by calling 1-888-222-9190.
Older adults must reapply for rebates
every year because rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or
rent paid each year.
deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2013 is June
30, 2014. Rebates will be distributed beginning on July 1, as specified by law.
More than $279 million in property tax
and rent rebates have been sent to more than 587,000 homeowners and renters
across the state for taxes and rent paid in 2012.
department wants all eligible Pennsylvanians to apply for and receive rebates
through this program, but it cautions that fraudulent or falsified rebate
claims will result in denial of rebate.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is supported by the
Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming. Since the program’s 1971
inception, older adults and adults with disabilities have received $5.4 billion
in property tax and rent rebates.
For more information, visit www.revenue.state.pa.us.
contact: Maia Warren, 717-787-6960