The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to December 31, 2012 to allow eligible individuals more time to take advantage of the program, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those with disabilities 18 years or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, excluding half of Social Security income, Supplemental Security income and Railroad retirement benefits. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.
Scarnati said that more than 600,000 senior citizens and residents with disabilities are expected to benefit from the program, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery.
“With the cost of housing going up, it’s important for those who qualify to get their applications in,” Scarnati said. “This is a great program that can help those on a limited income to make those costs more affordable.”
Scarnati said that Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms and additional information are available at his district offices. Applicants 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.
Forms and assistance also are available at Department of Revenue district offices (listed in the government section of phone directories), local Area Agencies on Aging, and senior centers.
Claimants who already applied for Property Tax/Rent Rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.