On Monday, June 6th, 2016, Representative Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) announced that the deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended from June 30th to December 31st.
Those who are eligible for the 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program could get a maximum rebate of $650. The rebate is based upon the amount of property taxes or rent that was paid in 2015. Eligible participants are 65 years of age or older, widows or widowers who are 50 years of age or older, and people with disabilities who are 18 years of age or older. The income eligibility limits include the following, which excludes fifty percent of Supplemental Security Income, Social Security, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits: $0-$8000 with a maximum rebate of $650 for homeowners and renters; $8,001-$15,000 with a maximum rebate of $500 for homeowners and renters; $15,000 to $18,000 with a maximum rebate of $300 for homeowners only; and $18,000 to $35,000 with a maximum rebate of $250 for homeowners only.
Rep. Baker wants to remind residents that they do not have to pay a private entity to help them fill out the forms. Residents may obtain copies of the forms, and get help filling them out, at Rep. Baker’s office free of charge. Applicants should come prepared with rental, property tax, and income information.
If you would like more information about the 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, or you need help filling out the forms, you may call Rep. Baker’s Wellsboro office at (570) 724-1390 or his Troy office at (570) 297-3045. You can also visit RepBaker.com. If you have already applied for a rebate, you can check the status of your claim at revenue.pa.gov, or you can call 1-888-PATAXES.
The Pennsylvania Lottery supports the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. The program started in 1971. Since then, about $6 billion has been administered to applicants that qualify for the program.