Pennsylvania provides a holiday gift for lower income seniors in the form of property tax and rent rebates. Eligible older adults (and residents with disabilities) have until Dec. 31 to apply for rebates of up to $975 from the program.
The 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. But one half of the applicants Social Security, SSI, and/or Railroad Retirement income is excluded.
Additional qualification requirements are explained in the Department of Revenue’s PA-1000 booklet. Only one property tax/rent rebate is available per household. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can raise their total rebate as high as $975.
The property tax/rent rebate program begin in 1971. It was significantly expanded with the passage of Act 1 of 2006 to give more Pennsylvanians a rebate and increase the amount of the rebates. The program is supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery and slots revenue. Last year more than 604,000 seniors received $284.1 million in rebates.
Application forms and free filing help are available at Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices. Property tax/rent rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and information are also available online at www.revenue.state.pa.us and by calling, toll free, 1-888-222-9190, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Here is a link to the PA-1000 booklet: http://www.revenue.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/document/1040631/2010_pa-1000_book_pdf
Here is a link to the PA-1000 form: http://www.revenue.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/document/1040630/2010_pa-1000_pdf