|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
Application forms for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible seniors and people with disabilities to begin claiming 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 2018, 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.
To be eligible, homeowners must earn less than $35,000 a year and renters less than $15,000 with half of social security income excluded.
There is no charge to apply for a rebate. Applicants are reminded that they need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as help 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. The office is located at 1 W. Broad St., Suite 100, in downtown Hazleton.
Forms and free filing help are also available at 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.
The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30, 2019. Rebates will be distributed beginning on July 1, as specified by law.
Nearly $253 million in property tax and rent rebates have been sent to more than 527,000 homeowners and renters across the state for taxes and rent paid in 2017.
Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s inception in 1971, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
Representative Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office