WEST CHESTER (February 24) – State Sen. Andy Dinniman said his office has the forms that eligible Pennsylvanians need to receive a rebate of a portion of the property taxes or rent they paid in 2014.

Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is open to income-eligible Pennsylvanians 65 and older, to widows and widowers age 50 and older, and to people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded in calculating annual income.

PropertyTaxesHomeowners and renters who previously were eligible for the rebate but due to Social Security Cost-Of-Living-Adjustments (COLA’s), now have incomes as high as $36,129 (for homeowners) and $15,484 (for renters), are still urged to apply for a rebate. With the passage of Act 156 of 2014, previously eligible homeowners and renters can still be eligible even if their incomes slightly exceed the $35,000 and $15,000 levels due to a Social Security COLA.

Dinniman urged both past participants and newcomers to Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program to come by his office at One North Church Street in West Chester to pick up the forms or to get assistance filling them out.

“If you are eligible for this program or believe you may be, give my office a call,” Dinniman said. “Pennsylvanians can receive back up to $650 what they paid in property taxes or rent last year. That certainly can make a big difference for those who are on a fixed income and struggling to pay the bills.”

To apply for a rebate, applicants for the program will need to show proof of age or disability, proof of income, and proof of taxes or rent paid.

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. Free applications and assistance are readily available at hundreds of locations throughout the state, including my West Chester District Office.”

The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30, 2015. Rebates will be distributed beginning on July 1.

Since Pennsylvania passed its Property Tax/Rent Rebate program in 1971, it has provided older and disabled adults more than $5.6 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.

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