Neilson announces Property Tax/Rent Rebate deadline extension

PHILADELPHIA, June 6 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., announced today that the application deadline for the popular Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to the end of the year.

"This extension allows everyone who is eligible the opportunity to apply for the rebate program," Neilson said. "I encourage residents to stop by my district office to find out if they qualify and for assistance with applying to take advantage of this rebate on 2015 property taxes or rent."

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is available to eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older; widows and widowers 50 or older; and people with disabilities 18 or older. Homeowners are limited to a $35,000 maximum annual income, while renters' income may be no more than $15,000, although applicants may exclude half of their Social Security income.

The maximum standard rebate is $650. The program is supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery and from slots gaming revenue.

Applications are available online through the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue at www.revenue.state.pa.us, or by calling 1-888-222-9190. Rebates will be distributed starting July 1.

Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $5.9 billion in property tax and rent relief.

Neilson said constituents can get help filling out the application by visiting his district office, located at 16 Old Ashton Road.

While at the office, eligible residents can also apply for a SEPTA Key photo ID, the new photo ID card for their Seniors Ride Free Transit program. Interested constituents can learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements and what documents to bring with them to apply, and make an appointment by contacting Neilson’s office at (215) 330-3714.