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Senator Tom McGarrigle

Senator McGarrigle offers Assistance with the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

The Property Tax/Rent 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.  Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2014 and meet all other eligibility criteria.

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

Social Security Income
Due to program changes enacted in 2014 to ensure claimants aren’t disqualified from rebates solely because of Social Security cost-of-living-adjustments, homeowners and renters may be eligible for rebates even if their eligibility income is greater than these limits. Any homeowner who collected Social Security, received a property tax rebate in 2013 for claim year 2012 and had annual income last year – discounting half of Social Security – up to $36,663, is encouraged to apply for a rebate for claim year 2015. Any renter who collected Social Security, received a rent rebate in 2013 for claim year 2012 and had annual income last year – discounting half of Social Security – up to $15,713, is also encouraged to apply.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $5.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. The rebate program also receives funding from slots gaming.

Homeowners receive:

Income Maximum Rebate
$0 to $8,000 $650
$8,001 to $15,000 $500
$15,001 to $18,000 $300
$18,001 to $35,000 $250

Renters receive:

Income Maximum Rebate
$0 to $8,000 $650
$8,001 to $15,000 $500

We Can Help
My office will be offering assistance with the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program throughout the filing period in the District Office and at the Easttown Library during designated appointment times.  

A member of the staff will be available to assist you with the completion of your 2015 Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application at the Easttown Library (720 First Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312) 

Thursday, March 10: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 17: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 24: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Please be sure to bring proof of all income and receipted property tax bills/rent receipts to your appointment or to the District Office. First time filers need proof of age, such as a PA driver’s license or non-driver I.D.

To schedule an appointment at the Easttown Library, please contact Nick Cocco of our office at 610-853-4100 or ncocco@pasen.gov.

Please feel free to stop by the District Office at any point during the filing period ending June 30, 2016 for assistance from the staff on your Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application.


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