HARRISBURG — Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications are now available at the district offices of state Senator Michele Brooks for income-eligible older Pennsylvanians, widows and widowers, and adults with disabilities, for taxes paid in 2019. Sen. Brooks’ staff members are also available to help applicants complete the forms.
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.
The maximum standard rebate is $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 2019 real estate tax bills that have been marked “paid” by their tax collector. Renters must have a Rent Certificate signed by their landlord.
The deadline for filing an application is June 30, 2020. The Department of Revenue will begin mailing and depositing rebates on July 1.
Application forms and assistance are available at no cost in Senator Brooks’ district offices and also from the Department of Revenue’s district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, and senior centers. Applications are also available online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling toll-free (888) 222-9190.
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
Sen. Brooks reminds residents that filing a state Property Tax/Rent Rebate form is free. “Please do not fall victim to companies charging a fee to submit the forms for you,” Sen. Brooks said. “There is no fee to apply, so please be cautious because senior scams exist.”
If you provide your phone number on your Property Tax/Rent Rebate application form, you will receive an automated call from the Department of Revenue when your claim posts to the department’s processing system, and another automated call when your claim is approved.
The easiest way to check the status of your rebate is to visit the dedicated website that the Department of Revenue maintains, at doreservices.state.pa.us. You can also call an automated toll-free number, 1-888-PATAXES (728-2937). To check on the status of your claim, you will need your:
- Social Security number
- Claim year
- Date of birth
Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program was created in 1971, older adults, widows and widowers, and those with disabilities have received more than $6.8 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and gaming revenue.
Contact: Diane McNaughton (717) 787-1322 email@example.com