(HARRISBURG) – Older Pennsylvanians and individuals with disabilities who have applied for the Property Tax Rent Rebate program will begin receiving rebates totaling $214 million this week, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

The state Department of Revenue announced this week that nearly 456,000 homeowners and renters will be issued rebates beginning on July 1. Approximately 163,000 homeowners and renters should have rebates directly deposited into bank accounts. Others should begin receiving rebate checks by mail in the next several days.

The deadline to apply for rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2014 was recently extended from June 30 to December 31 to allow more eligible individuals to apply for the program.

“I’m very pleased that the Property Tax Rent Rebate program is helping many of our local seniors and others living on a fixed income,” Scarnati said. “My offices and several local area agencies are available to assist anyone who has questions or needs assistance with submitting applications. It is important for seniors to know they do not have to pay for this service.”

To be eligible, applicants must meet income requirements and be a Pennsylvania resident age 65 and older; a widow or widower age 50 and older; or a permanently disabled individual age 18 or older. The program is available to homeowners with a household income of $35,000 or less and renters with a household income of $15,000 or less, excluding one-half of Social Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

Applicants who received rebates last year are not disqualified from receiving a rebate this year if Social Security cost-of-living adjustments caused them to exceed these income limits.

Information and applications for the Property Tax Rent Rebate program are available online at www.revenue.state.pa.us 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 Brockway, Kane and Wellsboro.

Contact information for Senator Scarnati’s district offices is listed below:

Brockway – 410 Main Street, Brockway, PA 15824 – PH: (814) 265-2030

Kane – 21A Field Street, Kane, PA 16735 – PH: (814) 837-1026

Wellsboro – 5 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 – PH: (570) 724-5231

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084