HARRISBURG — Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications are still available at the district offices of state Sen. Michele Brooks for income-eligible older Pennsylvanians, widows and widowers, and adults with disabilities. Sen. Brooks’ staff is also available to help applicants complete the forms if needed.
Sen. Brooks reminds Pennsylvanians that the deadline for applications has been extended until Dec. 31, 2018 to apply for rebates on taxes paid in 2017.
The applications allow residents to take part in the state’s popular Property Tax/ Rent Rebate program, which is open to state residents age 65 or older; widows and widowers age 50 or older; and those age 18 and over who are 100 percent disabled. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners, and $15,000 annually for renters, with only half of Social Security income included.
Rebates can range from $250 to $650, but certain supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can increase the rebate amount to $975.
Residents needing assistance will be required to supply their 1099s for Social Security, pensions, wages, interest and dividends. Those owning property must provide copies of their 2017 real estate tax bills that have been marked “paid” by their tax collector. Renters must have a Rent Certificate signed by their landlord.
Application forms and assistance are available at no cost in Senator Brooks’ district offices and also at local Area Agencies on Aging, and senior centers.
Sen. Brooks’ district offices are conveniently located at these sites:
99 Erie Street, Suite 1
Edinboro, PA 16412
Phone (814) 734-2783
16678 McMath Avenue
Meadville, PA 16335
100 Hadley Road, Suite 9
Greenville, PA 16125
Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program was created in 1971, older adults, widows and widowers, and those with disabilities have received more than $6.1 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming. Last year, more than $262 million was disseminated, according to the state Department of Revenue.
Contact: Diane McNaughton (717) 787-1322 firstname.lastname@example.org