SCRANTON, June 12, 2014 – State Sen. John Blake today said the commonwealth has extended the deadline to apply for property tax or rent rebates.
Applicants now have until Dec. 31 to submit their free requests for the money, which is designed for eligible Pennsylvanians who are at least 65 years old; are widows and widowers who are at least 50 years old; or have disabilities and are 18 years old and older.
“More than 465,000 people have already applied for this helpful return of a portion of the property taxes or rent they paid during 2013,” Sen. Blake said. “I am encouraging anyone in the 22nd Senatorial District who thinks they might be eligible for the property tax/rent rebate program, or has not yet applied, to use this extra time and submit their application.”
The annual income limit for people to receive a property tax or rent rebate is $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded from consideration.
Rebates range from $250 to $650. Some eligible homeowners could receive up to $975.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s beginning in 1971, older adults and adults with disabilities have received $4.8 billion in rebates. The rebate program also receives funding from slots gaming.
Call Blake’s district office at 570-207-2881 to request an application or ask questions, or visit the Department of Revenue’s website, www.revenue.state.pa.us, to download an application.