Feb. 24, 2017

          
Application forms for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are available for eligible residents to claim rebates for property taxes or rent payments they made last year.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid during tax year 2016, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost the amount to $975. The program benefits eligible state residents who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:
  • $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).
  • $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).
There is no charge to apply for a rebate. Residents are reminded that they need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at my district office at no cost. Applicants can stop in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on any weekday. Our office is located at 1 W. Broad St., Suite 100, in downtown Hazleton.

Forms are also available from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging and senior centers. In addition, applications are available online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190.

Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2016 and met all other eligibility criteria.

The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30, 2017. Rebates will be distributed beginning on July 1, as specified by law.

More than $264 million in property tax and rent rebates have been sent to more than 554,000 homeowners and renters across the state for taxes and rent paid in 2015.

Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s inception in 1971, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.5 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.

I sometimes use this column to answer your questions regarding any state government-related matter. Please email them to me at ttoohil@pahousegop.com. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136
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