Toohil Pushes for Automatic and Immediate Rebates for Seniors
5/6/2020
Rebates would be based on 2018 rebate amount
HAZLETON – In an effort to provide an additional financial resource for eligible Pennsylvania seniors during the current health crisis, Rep. TarahToohil (R-Luzerne) today sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf requesting that property tax or rent rebates for 2019 be processed by the Department of Revenue and Treasury and distributed immediately.Toohil said the rebate should be based on the amount received in 2018.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which is supported by the state Lottery and slots gaming revenue,benefits eligible residents age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and individuals with disabilities age 18 and older. The rebate amount is based on property taxes or rent paid in the previous year and the applicant’s income. The state is currently scheduled to begin distributing 2019 rebate checks on July 1.

“A delay in the processing of these claims will have a tremendous impact on our residents that are already in fear of losing their homes or apartments due to lack of monies received,” Toohil wrote. “The more money we quickly get back to Pennsylvanians, particularly the elderly, the disabled and the poor, the better chance our state has of weathering this crisis.”

Toohil is also a supporter of House Bill 1076, which would do the same thing she is requesting of the governor. The bill passed unanimously in the House last month and is now under consideration in the Senate.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Toohil’s letter is attached.

Representative TarahToohil
116thLegislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717-260-6136
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