Petrarca: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application deadline extended
HARRISBURG, June 19 – The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2018 has been extended to Dec. 31, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today.
“This extension is good news for seniors and those who struggle to find ways to pay their property taxes,” Petrarca said. “Eligible Pennsylvanians include residents 65 or older; widows and widowers 50 or older; and people with disabilities 18 or older. It costs nothing to apply for the program, and my offices can help.”
Petrarca added the program’s income eligibility limits are $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. For purposes of calculating income, half of Social Security is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, although supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.
Petrarca said application forms are available in his offices, which are located at 239 Longfellow St., Vandergrift; 620 N. Chestnut St., Derry; and in the Latrobe Municipal Building, 901 Jefferson St. Constituents seeking assistance must bring proof of local (county, borough and school) property taxes and proof of income, such as an IRS Form 1099.
Residents can learn more about the program and download an application from the state Department of Revenue’s website at this link: www.revenue.pa.gov/GeneralTaxInformation/PropertyTaxRentRebateProgram/Pages/Request-an-Application.aspx.
Claimants who have already applied for rebates may check their status by calling 1-888-PATAXES toll free, or by visiting the following website: www.doreservices.state.pa.us/PITServices/WheresMy/Rebate.