Property taxes can be a difficult burden for many to bear, especially senior citizens who are living on fixed incomes. The state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program was created to provide some measure of relief for low-income seniors and those who are disabled. The deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for the 2016 tax year is Dec. 31.
Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities who meet the income guidelines can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2016.
Eligibility income limits 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).
Residents should be aware that they do not need to pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at my offices at no cost.
Those seeking to apply should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.
For more information or assistance, contact my offices at (814) 897-2080 in Harborcreek or (814) 664-9126 in Corry. A link to additional information about the program, as well as access to downloadable forms, is also available on my website at RepSonney.com
under the “Property Tax Relief” link on the left-hand side.
Representative Curt Sonney
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Tricia Lehman