WEST CHESTER (June 7) – State Senator Andy Dinniman reminded senior citizens and residents with disabilities that the deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate (PTRR) Program has been extended from June 30 to December 31, 2016.

“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 more time to get it in.”

PropertyTaxesThe rebate program, funded by the Pennsylvania State Lottery, has helped seniors and adults with disabilities receive $5.9 billion in Property Tax and Rent relief since its inception in 1971. Thousands of Chester County residents have already applied this year, but many more that are eligible for this vital assistance have yet to do so.

Recently, the rebate program was updated with the passage of Act 156 by the state legislature. 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.

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 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. This vital program provides a maximum rebate of $650 to eligible homeowners who make up to $35,000 per year and renters who make up to $15,000. Applicants may also exempt half of their Social Security when calculating their total income.

“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.”

As of May 20, the Revenue Department had received 439,686 rebate applications. As specified by law, rebate distribution will begin on July 1. After June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed.

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.

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s District Office at (610) 692-2112, or e-mail acirucci@pasenate.com.

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