Applications Now Available for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
2/17/2015
HARRISBURG – Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today announced that forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for 2014 are now available.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2014. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

• $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (Homeowners and renters).
• $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (Homeowners and renters).
• $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (Homeowners only).
• $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (Homeowners only).

Due to a law passed last year 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 $36,129, is encouraged to apply for a rebate for claim year 2014. 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 $15,484, is also encouraged to apply.

Benninghoff’s district offices can assist residents in obtaining copies of the application forms. To request forms and to learn about available filing assistance, residents should contact the Bellefonte district office at 814-355-1300 or the Reedsville district office at 717-667-1175. Applications are due by June 30.

For additional information, visit www.KerryBenninghoff.com.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, $5.6 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Morgan Wagner
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