HARRISBURG, Pa., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 448,000 older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities across Pennsylvania will be issued rebates totaling $288 million, starting July 1, through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, the Department of Revenue announced today.
Property tax and rent rebate checks will be mailed beginning Friday, July 1 and should arrive in the claimant's mail over the next several days. The 167,000 homeowners and renters who opted to have rebates directly deposited into bank accounts should receive their rebates on Friday.
"This is a wonderful program that helps more than half-a-million people get a rebate for their property taxes or rent paid last year," said Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty. "The department recently extended the deadline to apply for a rebate to December 31. I encourage all of those eligible to apply soon."
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.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.
It costs nothing to apply for a rebate, and free filing help is available at hundreds of locations across the state. Application forms and assistance are 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.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.
About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program:
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.
Some applicants who previously received rebates may continue to qualify despite Social Security cost-of-living adjustments that may have pushed their income past the eligibility limits. This is explained in the instructions for the claim form.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Revenue Department automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.
Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program's 1971 inception, older adults and adults 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.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Revenue