Governor signs Goodman legislation to help more veterans qualify for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

HARRISBURG, Nov. 2 – Gov. Tom Wolf today signed into law state Rep. Neal P. Goodman’s legislation that ensures Pennsylvania veterans are not shut out of the popular Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program because a state-provided stipend related to their service puts them over the income limit.

“These stipends are a small way Pennsylvania thanks our veterans for the sacrifices they made, and they should not disqualify them from this important program,” said Goodman, D-Schuylkill. “I am proud to provide help to the men and women who served in our military.”

Goodman thanked the governor for signing the bill and his colleagues in the General Assembly for supporting the legislation.

Goodman originally introduced his legislation as H.B. 1725. Later, he worked in a bipartisan manner to have it included in H.B. 683 with an amendment. House Bill 683 also ensures that federal Veterans Administration benefits do not push a veteran over the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program income limit.

Some of the veteran benefit programs addressed by Goodman’s amendment in the bill include the Blind Veterans Pension and the Amputee and Paralyzed Veteran Pension, both of which provide a maximum of $1,800 to a veteran per year.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is limited to those with maximum income of $35,000 per year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for those who rent. Half of Social Security, Supplemental Security, or federal Railroad Retirement Tier I income is excluded.

The maximum standard rebate is $650.