Kortz: Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extended

HARRISBURG, June 11 – The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2017 under the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, announced today.

“The extension is great news for the many eligible Pennsylvanians who benefit from this program,” Kortz said. “They include residents 65 and older; widows and widowers 50 and older; and people with disabilities 18 and older. It costs nothing to apply, and my offices can help. Stop by to determine whether you’re eligible. We can also provide application forms and help you fill them out.”

Kortz’s Dravosburg Office is located at 751 Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd. and can be reached at 412-466-1940. His Pittsburgh Office is located at 5101 Old Clairton Road and can be reached at 412-886-2870.

Kortz noted that the program’s income eligibility limits are $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. For purposes of calculating income, half of Social Security is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, although supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

Kortz asked that constituents seeking assistance bring proof of local (county, borough and school) property taxes and proof of income, such as an IRS Form 1099.

Residents can learn more about the program and download an application from the state Department of Revenue’s website.

The department reports that since the program’s 1971 inception, eligible residents have received more than $6.7 billion in property tax and rent relief.