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Report to the People – June 14, 2019

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Friday, June 14, 2019 The latest news from the State Capitol
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended to Dec. 31 

Older adults and Pennsylvanians with disabilities now have until Dec. 31, 2019, to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. The original deadline was June 30.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

Residents should never have to pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at my district offices at no cost.

Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

Applications and more information can also be obtained at RepStephanie.com.

As of June 1, the department had received 432,411 rebate applications. As specified by law, rebate distributions cannot begin until July 1. After June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed. Applications typically take six to eight weeks to process.

Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.pa.gov by clicking on the “Where’s My Property Tax/Rent Rebate?” link. Claimants may also call, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES to check the status of their rebates.

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