– Citing concern that many older residents will fail to meet the Dec. 31 deadline to apply for relief through Pennsylvania’s 2019 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today requested a one-month extension to submit applications to the Department of Revenue.
In an email sent to Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell
, Toohil explained that her office staff assists seniors in filling out the application, but that has been difficult this year due to the pandemic as many older residents are following social distancing guidelines. She said the extra time is needed to enable them to apply for a rebate.
“Constituents are subjecting themselves to an unnecessary risk by coming in-person to the legislative offices. Many of them do not have a family member to process the application for them. Further, they live on fixed incomes and benefit from the financial assistance this program provides,” wrote Toohil. “They have been impacted this year by COVID-I9, and we would like to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.”
The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanian residents 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. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office