Many older adults live on fixed incomes, but their property taxes or rent continue to climb. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program can help reduce these expenses. Please see below for FAQs regarding this program:
Q: What is this program and who is eligible?
A: This Pennsylvania Lottery-funded rebate program benefits those age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. Rebate amounts vary from $250 - $650 or more depending on the filer’s status. To be eligible, the annual income limit for homeowners cannot exceed $35,000 or $15,000 for renters. Only half of Social Security income is included in this calculation.
Q: Is there a deadline to apply?
A: Yes, the deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in the previous year is June 30th of the current year. For example, the deadline to apply for a rebate for property taxes or rent paid in 2014 is June 30, 2015.
Q: Where can I get an application?
A: Applications can be downloaded from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s website, requested by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by calling (800) 362-2050. Forms are also available at your local state legislator’s office or the Lancaster County Office of Aging [Ph: (717) 299-7979 or website].
Q: Where can I get help filling out the application?
A: You may download instructions at http://www.revenue.state.pa.us or call (888) 222-9190. Assistance is also available at most state legislators’ offices or by calling the Lancaster County Office of Aging at 717-299-7979.
Q: How long will it take to get my rebate after I’ve submitted my application?
A: The Revenue Department starts mailing rebate checks for property taxes or rent paid in the previous year on July 1st. For example, rebate checks for property taxes or rent paid in 2014 is July 1, 2015. To check on the status of your rebate claim, call toll-free: 1-888-222-9190.
A stamped receipt from Manheim Central is considered required documentation as part of the application process. Receipts for payment can be mailed, e-mailed, faxed, or picked up in person from the Tax Office. If a mailed receipt is desired please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Tax Office.