HARRISBURG, Pa., June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 473,000 older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities across Pennsylvania will be issued rebates totaling $223 million starting July 1, through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.
"Property tax and rent rebate checks should begin to arrive in mailboxes on Tuesday," said Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser, who noted that, by law, rebates are distributed beginning July 1. "Homeowners and renters who opted to have rebates directly deposited into bank account – more than 178,000 will receive their rebates on Tuesday, July 1."
As of June 21, the Revenue Department had received more than 512,000 rebate applications. About 600,000 older Pennsylvanians and residents with disabilities are expected to benefit from the program this year.
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.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Revenue Department automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.
The deadline to apply for the rebate program was extended to Dec. 31; rebates will continue to be distributed as claims are approved through the rest of the year.
Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.
It costs nothing to apply for a rebate. In response to continued inquiries regarding fee-based application filing services offered privately, the department reminds residents that free filing help is available at hundreds of locations across the state. Application forms and assistance are also available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators' offices.
Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program's 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $5.6 billion in property tax and rent relief. The expanded portion of the rebate program is paid for with revenue from slots gaming.
Media contact: Maia Warren, 717-787-6960
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Revenue