2009-06-25 / Local & State

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended

Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/ Fulton/Huntingdon) would like to inform residents that the deadline to file for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended from June 30 to December 31, 2009.

"This is a great program that helps thousands of Pennsylvania residents each year," Hess said.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2008. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.

Eligibility income limits for homeowners were expanded last year to the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

$0 and $8,000, up to $650 rebate (Homeowners and renters)

$8,001 to $15,000, up to $500 rebate (Homeowners and renters)

$15,001 to $18,000, up to $300 rebate (homeowners only)

$18,001 to $35,000, up to $250 rebate (homeowners only)

Hess noted that the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians.

As of May 29, the Revenue Department had received more than 517,000 rebate applications. About 578,000 older Pennsylvanians and residents with disabilities are expected to benefit from the program this year, compared to 310,000 prior to 2006.

The Department of Revenue will begin distributing rebate checks on July 1.

"I urge eligible residents to apply for this rebate,' Hess said. "With the current downturn in the economy, any type of financial relief is a true benefit for our seniors and disabled citizens."

Property Tax/Rent rebate claim forms are available by contacting Hess' Bedford office at 814-623-9097 or his McConnellsburg office at 717-485-4430 or by visiting his Web site, Dick- Hess.com. In addition to application materials for the rebate, individuals can also check the status of an existing rebate claim, by clicking on "Where's My Property Tax Refund?"

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