2010-02-18 / Local & State

Applications Now Available For Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/ Fulton/Huntingdon) would like to let residents know that forms for the state’s 2010 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are now available.

“This is an excellent program that helps thousands of Pennsylvanians each year,” Hess said. “With the current economic conditions, any additional assistance for our senior citizens and our disabled residents is truly a benefit.”

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2009. 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 disabilities.

Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

$0 to $8,000 maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters)

$8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters)

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

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

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, more than $4 billion has been paid to qualified applicants. Residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurate. Applications are due by June 30.

“I encourage residents who believe they may be eligible for a rebate to apply,” Hess said.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available by contacting Hess’ Bedford officiate 814-623-9097, his McConnellsburg office at 717-485-4430, or by visiting his Web site at Dick- Hess.com.

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