Contact Information 
District Office
1 West Broad Street
Suite 100
Hazleton, PA 18201
Phone: (570) 453-1344
Fax: (570) 459-3946
Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m
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Capitol Office
47 East Wing,
Main Capitol
PO Box 202116
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2116
Phone: (717) 260-6136
Phone (Toll-Free): 855-282-0611

Fax: (717) 782-2921
Still Time to File for Tax and Rent Rebates
10/13/2011
It is not too late for qualified Pennsylvanians to get a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2010.

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has extended the deadline to file an application for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program from June 30 to Dec. 31.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2010. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

While the constant increase in property taxes are a concern to all who are trying to make ends meet, it is our seniors on fixed incomes who face the greatest challenge.

The stories are as heartbreaking as they are numerous – an elderly couple or individual who paid for their house years ago, loves their community and can depend on their neighbors, is faced with having to leave their home because they can no longer hold back the tide of rising taxes.

The same is true of those who rent, because the landlord must pass on tax hikes to tenants by way of increased rent payments.

Having to choose between staying in your home or stocking your pantry is not the way we should treat our seniors or the physically challenged.

The Legislature created the Property Tax/Rebate Program in order to prevent residents most vulnerable to financial challenges from having to make that decision.

While the rebate, which ranges from $250 to $650, may not seem like a lot of money, it can often provide the stopgap people need to make it through difficult times. That is why it is important to apply for the rebate before the deadline.

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)

Finally, I have received many reports from senior citizens who have told me about offers charging a fee to complete the Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms.

Everyone should be aware that the Commonwealth does not charge a fee for either completing the application or obtaining a form, and my district office staff stands ready to help residents fill them out at no charge.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available by contacting my office 1 West Broad St., Suite 100 in Hazelton, telephone at (570) 453-1344, or by visiting my website at RepToohil.com.

I plan to use this weekly column as a forum to answer your questions, so please feel free to submit questions about state government matters to me at ttoohil@pahousegop.com, and I will do my best to answer them.


State Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: 
Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136
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