Harrisburg – As a result of House Bill 1067,
which Governor Corbett signed into law on Oct. 22, income eligibility
guidelines for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program have changed so that income
increases due solely to Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) will
no longer disqualify claimants from receiving rebates.
homeowner who receives Social Security, was paid a property tax rebate in 2013
for claim year 2012 and had annual income up to $35,298 last year is encouraged
to apply for a rebate for claim year 2013. Also, renters who receive Social
Security, were paid a rent rebate in 2013 for claim year 2012 and had annual
incomes last year up to $15,128 are also encouraged to apply.
deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2013 is Dec. 31,
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and
older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age
18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000
annually for renters, and half of Social Security income – and now Social
Security COLAs – are excluded.
department is automatically reviewing previously denied claim year 2013
applications where the rebate was denied for income in excess of $35,000 for
homeowners and $15,000 for renters. In cases where the overage is due solely to
Social Security COLAs, the department will reopen, process and pay these
Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information are available
online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling, toll-free,
About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program:
maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying
homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Revenue Department automatically
calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the
Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled
adults have received more than $5.6 billion in property tax and rent relief.
The expanded portion of the rebate program is paid for with revenue from slots