Kortz: Property Tax/Rent Rebate deadline extended to Dec. 31

DRAVOSBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, reminds Pennsylvania seniors 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older and disabled adults that they may be eligible for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The application deadline for a rebate on rent or taxes paid in 2014 has been extended through Dec. 31.


Eligibility is based on income. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, but half of Social Security income is excluded for both groups.


The maximum property tax rebate for most people is $650, but some applicants may qualify for an additional supplemental rebate of up to 50 percent.


"The constituent service specialists in my offices can answer any questions about the program," Kortz said. "They can also help you complete an application if you qualify."


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 $5.6 billion in property tax and rent relief. The expanded portion of the rebate program is paid for with revenue from slots gaming.


Kortz reminds residents who would like assistance to bring their 2014 income tax records and proof of rent or property taxes paid in 2014 to his offices at 751 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Road, Dravosburg or 5101 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh.


For more information about the program, go to www.revenue.state.pa.us.