The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for rebates of rent and property taxes paid in 2016 has been extended to December 31, 2017, according to Senator Dan Laughlin.
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 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.
Forms and other information are available online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, (888) 222-9190. Claimants may check the status of their claims online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.
There are no fees to apply for a rebate and free application assistance is available through Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and by contacting Senator Laughlin’s Erie District Office at (814) 453-2515.
As of May 26, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue had received 465,064 rebate applications. Rebate distribution will begin on July 3. After June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed. Applications take 4-6 weeks to process.
Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.5 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.