WEST CHESTER (December 5) – State Senator Andy Dinniman reminded senior citizens and residents with disabilities that December 31 is the deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate (PTRR) Program.

“Every year thousands of Pennsylvanians who qualify for assistance through this program never apply,” said Dinniman. “Meanwhile, these funds can go a long way in easing the burden of property taxes for those in need. Those who have not filled out an application this year have just a couple more weeks to get it in.”

The rebate program, funded by the Pennsylvania State Lottery, has helped seniors and adults with disabilities receive $5.6 billion in Property Tax and Rent relief since its inception in 1971.  Thousands of Chester and Montgomery county residents have already applied this year, but many more that are eligible for this vital assistance have yet to do so.PropertyTaxes2

Recently, the rebate program was updated by Act 156 of 2014.  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) no longer disqualify claimants from receiving rebates. Dinniman said residents can ask Tyler Arkatin in if these changes affect their eligibility for Pennsylvania’s PTR program.

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is automatically reviewing previously denied claim year 2013 applications where the rebate was denied for excess income. In cases where the overage is due solely to Social Security COLAs, the department will reopen, process and pay these claims.

In addition, Dinniman reminded seniors to be wary of mailings and unsolicited offers that attempt to charge a fee for information about and assistance in applying for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program.

“Residents are not required to pay a fee to apply for the program. They can apply directly with the government for free. Free applications and assistance are readily available at hundreds of locations throughout the state, including my West Chester District Office,” Dinniman said.

The Pennsylvania Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program provides property tax relief for senior citizens, widows and widowers over 50 years old, and disabled adults. The funds are available for households that make up to $35,000 per year. Applicants may also exempt half of their Social Security when calculating their total income.

This vital program provides a maximum rebate of $650 to eligible applicants. A rebate of up to $650 is available for renters who make up to $15,000.

“Every eligible applicant should take advantage of this program,” Dinniman said. “If you think you may be eligible, I urge you to contact my district office. We will answer any questions you may have and assist you in completing an application. Don’t delay because January will be here before you know it.”

To receive a Property Tax or Rent Rebate application, check the status of an application already submitted, or for any additional information, individuals may contact Senator Dinniman’s District Office at 610-692-2112 or e-mail tarkatin@pasenate.com.

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