Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline to apply extended to Dec. 31.

HARRISBURG, June 11 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today said that the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2017 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.

Schweyer said constituents 65 or older, widow or widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older qualify for the benefits under the program. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income and any COLAs are excluded.

“I encourage residents to find out if they are eligible as soon as possible so they don’t miss out on this program,” Schweyer said. “Rebates for this program will be distributed beginning on July 1.”

Constituents can obtain applications and get help filling them out by visiting Schweyer’s district office at 1912 S. Fourth St., Allentown, or by calling 610-791-6270.

Schweyer said applications usually take 4 to 6 weeks to process.

Last year nearly 600,000 seniors and people with disabilities benefited from the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, the program delivered more than $262 million to income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities who applied for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2016.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue website at www.revenue.pa.gov.