Longietti: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline extended

HARRISBURG, June 11 – Residents have more time to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2018, as the deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

“The program is a terrific way for qualifying residents to recoup a portion of their prior year’s housing expenses, and last year, nearly 572,000 applicants did just that,” Longietti said. “It’s helpful that the deadline has been extended, but I’m urging residents who meet the eligibility requirements to apply sooner, rather than later. Rebates take about six to eight weeks to process and are mailed out in the order claims are received and processed.”

Longietti noted the program applies to residents who are 65 or older, widows or widowers 50 or older, and individuals with disabilities who are 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 annually for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security benefits are excluded when calculating income.

Those eligible may qualify for a standard rebate of $650, although supplement rebates for some qualifying homeowners can boost that amount to $975.

Spouses, personal representatives, or estates may file claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all the other requirements.

Longietti said that his district office has applications, and any residents who have questions or would like free help applying should stop by the office at 2213 Shenango Valley Freeway, Unit 2-E, in Hermitage, or call the office at (724) 981-4655. Residents can also stop by his Greenville office – which is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – located in the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Building at 182 Main St. or call the office at (724) 588-1005.

Residents seeking assistance must bring proof of local (county, borough and school) property taxes or rent paid, and proof of income, such as an IRS Form 1099.

More information about the program is available by visiting www.revenue.pa.gov and selecting the “Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program” heading.

Those who have already applied can check the status of a claim by calling 1-888-PATAXES toll free, or by visiting https://www.doreservices.state.pa.us/PITServices/WheresMy/Rebate.

According to the state Department of Revenue, the program – supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, has provided more than $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief to seniors and individuals with disabilities since it began in 1971. The program also receives funding from slots gaming.