Deadline extended for property tax/rent rebates

Posted: June 19, 2007

The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania's recently expanded property tax/rent rebate program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.

"The rebate program was dramatically expanded this year, so we especially want to give some extra time to those people who are applying for a rebate for the first time," Secretary of Revenue Thomas W. Wolf said in a news release.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 and older; widows and widowers 50 and older; and people with disabilities 18 and older. The income limit has been increased from $15,000 to $35,000 for homeowners, and the maximum rebate for homeowners and renters has been increased from $500 to $650. Applicants can exclude, as income, one-half of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

Claim forms (PA-1000) are available at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling 1-888-222-9190. Forms and assistance also are available at the department's district offices (listed in the government section of local telephone directories), area agencies on aging, senior centers and state legislators' offices. - Inquirer staff

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