$223 Million in 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebates to be Distributed Starting July 1 to Older Adults, Residents with Disabilities
Deadline to Apply for Rebate Program Extended to
Harrisburg – Nearly 473,000 older
homeowners, renters and people with disabilities across Pennsylvania will be
issued rebates totaling $223 million starting July 1, through the Property
Tax/Rent Rebate Program.
“Property tax and rent rebate checks should begin to arrive in
mailboxes on Tuesday,” said Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser, who noted that, by
law, rebates are distributed beginning July 1. “Homeowners and renters who
opted to have rebates directly deposited into bank account – more than 178,000
will receive their rebates on Tuesday, July 1.”
As of June 21, the Revenue Department had received more than
512,000 rebate applications. About 600,000 older Pennsylvanians and residents
with disabilities are expected to benefit from the program this year.
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.
maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying
homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Revenue Department automatically
calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.
deadline to apply for the rebate program was extended to Dec. 31; rebates will
continue to be distributed as claims are approved through the rest of the year.
may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related
information online at www.revenue.state.pa.us
or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.
nothing to apply for a rebate. In response to continued inquiries 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 also available at no cost from
Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior
centers and state legislators’ offices.
who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by
calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the
Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled
adults have received more than $5.6 billion in property tax and rent relief.
The expanded portion of the rebate program is paid for with revenue from slots