If you are receiving SSD or SSI benefits, or are age 65 and older, or a widow or widower age 50 and older, you may be entitled to a Property Tax or Rent Rebate. The income limit for a homeowner is $35,000 per year, and for a renter, it is $15,000 per year. Only half of your Social Security benefits, and/or Railroad Retirement benefits, are considered in determining your yearly income. Eligibility may also be dependent upon other household income.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost the rebate to $975. Some homeowners may receive larger rebates than requested based on where you live, income, and/or property taxes. The Department of Revenue will automatically calculate this for you.
The deadline to apply for the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate is December 31, 2011..
You may obtain a Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Form (PA-1000), and related information online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling 1-888-222-9190.