HB 1067 is now Act 156 of 2014, and eligibility has been expanded for Pennsylvania’s popular Property Tax and Rent Rebate program says State Rep. Jim Cox.
The law benefits those who would otherwise be disqualified from participating due to a Social Security cost-of-living increase, Cox said.
He said any homeowner who received Social Security, received a rebate in 2013 for claim year 2012, and had annual income up to $35,298 last year is encouraged to apply for claim year 2013. Also, eligible renters who receive Social Security, received a rebate in 2013 for claim year 2012 and had annual incomes last year up to $15,128 are also encouraged to apply.
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is automatically reviewing previously denied applications where the rebate was denied for income in excess of $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters, Cox said. In cases where the overage is due solely to Social Security COLAs, the department will reopen, process and pay these claims.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information are available online here or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.
The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2013 is Dec. 31. Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling, toll-free 1-888-PA-TAXES.