2011-02-24 / Local & State

Applications Available For 2010 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/ Fulton/Huntingdon) has announced that forms for the state’s 2010 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are now available.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on rent or property taxes paid in 2010. 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.

“This is a great program that benefits thousands of Pennsylvania citizens each year,” Hess said. “Although some indications point to the economy slowly recovering, residents are still struggling. Any additional assistance that can be provided to our senior citizens or our disabled residents is truly beneficial.”

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 (Home owners 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 noted that residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.

“I encourage residents who believe they may be eligible for a rebate to apply,” Hess said. “The staff members in my district offices are available to help complete the forms and ensure all the necessary documentation is submitted.”

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

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