2010-12-16 / Local & State

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application Deadline Nearing

Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/ Fulton/Huntingdon) reminds residents that the deadline to apply for the state’s 2009 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is Dec. 31, 2010.

“Time is of the essence, and I encourage those residents who think they are eligible to apply for this program before the end of December,” Hess said. “Any applications that are received after Dec. 31 will not be considered.”

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.

Hess reminds applicants to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

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 Dick- Hess.com.

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