2010-06-17 / Local & State

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Deadline Extended

Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/ Fulton/Huntingdon) would like to let residents know that the deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for 2009 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2010.

“This program helps thousands of older and disabled Pennsylvanians each year,” Hess said. “With the current economic climate and the fact that Social Security recipients did not receive a cost-ofliving increase this year, I am pleased the deadline for the rebate has been extended.”

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 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 accurately.

“I urge eligible residents to apply for this rebate,” Hess said. “My staff is available to answer your questions and assist you in completing the application.”

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 at DickHess.com.

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