2013-02-28 / Local & State

Applications Now Available For Property Tax/Rent Rebate

Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/ Fulton/Huntingdon) would like residents to know that forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for tax year 2012 are now available.

“The forms for the program have arrived in my district offices and my staff and I look forward to assisting residents with them,” said Hess. “This is an important and helpful program that has enabled our seniors and disabled residents to get a much-needed break on property taxes.”

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2012. 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 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).

Hess said 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, $4.8 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. Applications are due by June 30.

“We still find ourselves in a struggling economic climate, so I encourage all residents who believe they may be eligible to contact us,” said Hess.

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. Assistance is available at no cost to residents.

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