Eligible Older Pennsylvanians, People with Disabilities Urged to Apply by Dec. 31 for Property Tax, Rent Rebates

Dec 20, 2010, 14:09 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eligible older adults and residents with disabilities have until Dec. 31 to apply for rebates of up to $975 from Pennsylvania's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, but tens of thousands of those eligible may not be aware of the program.

"We need to spread the word that about 88,000 Pennsylvanians who qualify for Property Tax/Rent Rebates have not yet applied," said Secretary of Revenue C. Daniel Hassell. "Time remains for residents to review the program's requirements to see if they could benefit, just like the more than 592,000 people who already received rebates this year."

Applications are available online at www.papropertytaxrelief.com; forms and free assistance are available at Revenue district offices, legislators' offices, area agencies on aging, and senior centers. Assistance is also available by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. State offices will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 23 and reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 27.

To speed processing, claimants are reminded to provide all required income, property tax or rent information. Applications must be postmarked by Thursday, Dec. 31.  

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.

Pennsylvania is providing $772.5 million in property tax relief this year, including expanded rebates from the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program and general property tax relief for all homeowners distributed through school districts last summer. As a result, school property tax bills were completely eliminated for about 120,000 residents this year.

Last year, 592,000 seniors received $277 million in rebates. So far this year, more than 619,000 people have applied for rebates, and as of Dec. 10, rebates totaling $275.9 million have been sent to more than 592,000 homeowners and renters.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program's 1971 inception, older adults and adults with disabilities have received $4.5 billion worth of property tax and rent rebates. The expanded portion of the rebate program is being paid for with revenue from slots gaming.

Media contact:  Elizabeth Brassell, 717-787-6960

Editor's Note: Following is a county-by-county list of the estimated number of people who have had school property taxes eliminated and the number of people who are eligible for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, but have not yet applied.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Statistics by County

(as of Nov. 29)



Estimated


Estimated Number


Total

Number of


of People with


Applications

People Who Have

 Amount of

School Property

County

Received

Not Applied

Rebates Awarded

Taxes Eliminated

ADAMS

3,920

1,227

$1,718,962

544

ALLEGHENY

64,660

607

$29,135,440

10,951

ARMSTRONG

5,581

0

$2,410,904

1,461

BEAVER

11,993

0

$5,167,624

2,569

BEDFORD

3,522

1,400

$1,391,201

1,472

BERKS

19,471

750

$8,950,573

1,842

BLAIR

9,742

1,343

$4,008,101

3,067

BRADFORD

3,968

1,248

$1,775,660

981

BUCKS

17,184

2,307

$7,756,035

852

BUTLER

8,321

586

$3,477,106

1,486

CAMBRIA

12,218

811

$4,876,676

3,967

CAMERON

547

0

$216,329

177

CARBON

4,320

1,622

$1,936,795

742

CENTRE

4,099

576

$1,697,508

863

CHESTER

8,910

2,426

$4,019,752

478

CLARION

2,612

678

$1,011,568

843

CLEARFIELD

6,032

1,470

$2,461,144

2,347

CLINTON

2,816

787

$1,182,683

750

COLUMBIA

4,256

1,988

$1,838,268

1,040

CRAWFORD

5,673

863

$2,433,265

1,376

CUMBERLAND

8,055

1,596

$3,261,979

725

DAUPHIN

11,152

0

$4,799,944

1,204

DELAWARE

16,933

2,709

$7,979,706

1,117

ELK

2,551

613

$992,707

445

ERIE

16,511

0

$7,350,042

2,447

FAYETTE

11,570

0

$4,766,184

4,006

FOREST

464

24

$165,939

192

FRANKLIN

6,585

466

$2,614,551

1,293

FULTON

788

237

$332,419

192

GREENE

2,487

0

$1,058,378

716

HUNTINGDON

2,838

665

$1,106,878

1,146

INDIANA

5,229

12

$2,118,990

1,578

JEFFERSON

3,286

1,146

$1,294,319

1,205

JUNIATA

1,329

593

$553,822

303

LACKAWANNA

13,792

6,861

$6,768,338

2,767

LANCASTER

19,433

2,035

$8,654,375

1,742

LAWRENCE

6,625

1,663

$2,888,159

1,652

LEBANON

6,982

73

$2,902,958

1,113

LEHIGH

15,913

0

$7,221,053

1,326

LUZERNE

21,655

12,299

$9,892,577

4,686

LYCOMING

7,615

1,302

$3,396,985

1,259

MCKEAN

3,113

229

$1,244,627

983

MERCER

8,492

650

$3,477,455

1,657

MIFFLIN

3,995

1,168

$1,754,793

922

MONROE

5,402

1,216

$2,510,114

681

MONTGOMERY

19,040

5,555

$8,574,208

1,020

MONTOUR

1,010

103

$406,524

179

NORTHAMPTON

13,659

4,962

$6,326,899

612

NORTHUMBERLAND

7,199

3,471

$2,869,961

2,368

PERRY

1,988

590

$822,887

403

PHILADELPHIA

77,420

0

$38,489,110

21,459

PIKE

1,677

729

$710,832

259

POTTER

1,232

218

$501,595

416

SCHUYLKILL

11,337

5,897

$4,989,535

3,461

SNYDER

2,075

343

$877,304

565

SOMERSET

6,102

1,416

$2,455,418

2,258

SULLIVAN

595

50

$241,007

193

SUSQUEHANNA

2,211

967

$954,808

620

TIOGA

2,570

678

$1,113,220

581

UNION

1,833

530

$742,964

250

VENANGO

4,084

0

$1,614,662

1,304

WARREN

2,601

0

$1,012,702

763

WASHINGTON

12,121

671

$5,075,345

3,040

WAYNE

2,582

966

$1,175,720

483

WESTMORELAND

24,648

1,340

$10,461,640

4,754

WYOMING

1,328

688

$619,535

305

YORK

18,857

2,585

$8,537,925

1,346






TOTAL

618,809

88,005

$275,146,687

119,804



SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Revenue



RELATED LINKS

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http://www.papropertytaxrelief.com