(HARRISBURG) – The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to December 31, 2015 to allow eligible individuals more time to take advantage of the program, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those with disabilities 18 years or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, excluding half of Social Security income. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

“The application period to submit applications is once again being extended until the end of the year,” Scarnati said. “This is a great program that can help make housing more affordable for those on a limited income. With the cost of housing increasing, it’s important for those who qualify to submit their applications.”

Scarnati noted that the program was started in 1971 and is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.

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.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms and more information are also available at Senator Scarnati’s District Offices. In addition, forms and assistance are available at Department of Revenue District Offices (listed in the government section of phone directories), local Area Agencies on Aging, and Senior Centers. It is important for individuals to know that they do not have to pay for this service.

Claimants who already applied for Property Tax/Rent Rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.

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