State Rep. Eugene DePasquale



Property Tax/Rent Rebate checks are in the mail


HARRISBURG, July 2 State Rep. Eugene DePasquale, D-York, said that eligible applicants who filed their Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications by the original June 30 deadline should receive their rebates in the next few weeks.


"The state Department of Revenue began mailing checks on July 1," DePasquale said. "Those who applied should be sure to check their mail this month to receive their rebates."


In June, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline was extended until Dec. 31, 2009. Eligible residents who have not yet applied are encouraged to do so, DePasquale said.


The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people 18 and older who have disabilities.  The income limit for these Pennsylvanians is $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters, excluding half of their Social Security or railroad retirement income.


Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program forms can be filled out online or can be requested to be mailed by going to  The maximum rebate a person can receive is $650 for homeowners and $500 for renters.


DePasquale said six weeks after submitting a Property Tax/Rent Rebate application, applicants can check the status of the rebate by visiting and clicking "Where's my Property Tax/Rent Rebate?"


"This new Web tool will help ease the minds of many residents who depend on this money," DePasquale said. "It's a useful means to track your rebate."


An applicant will need to enter his or her Social Security number, anticipated rebate amount and date of birth. After the six-week wait period, the site can be used to confirm claim status, rebate amount and the date a rebate is expected to be mailed or direct-deposited.


DePasquale said residents also may use a similar feature via phone by calling toll free 1-888-PATAXES.