Property taxes continue to be a burden on our fixed income senior citizens and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one way to provide some financial relief until we legislate meaningful residential property tax reform in Harrisburg. My staff is looking forward to getting out into the community to ensure that our eligible property owners and renters are applying for this important benefit.

Over the next month, my staff will travel to communities across Lackawanna County to assist residents in applying for the state’s 2019 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and over; widows and widowers age 50 and over; and people with disabilities ages 18 and older. Homeowners with a maximum yearly income of $35,000 and renters with a maximum yearly income of $15,000 are eligible for a rebate. The maximum standard rebate is $650, and half of the applicants’ Social Security income is excluded. 

To apply for a Property Tax/Rent Rebate, residents are required to provide proof of their 2019 income (W-2, 1099, etc.); a current government issued ID; and proof of property taxes or rent paid in 2019.

Additional dates and locations will be added to our outreach schedule over the next few weeks.