EAST STROUDSBURG-(WBRE/WYOU)-Representative Rosemary M. Brown wants to tell residents from the 189th District if you need help in applying for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program it’s always available at her district office at no charge.
Participants that are eligible can get a rebate of up to 650 dollars which is based on rent or property taxes paid in 2014. The program does benefit eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers that are 50 years or older, and those who are 18 years or older with disabilities.
Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:
- $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
- $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
- $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).
- $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).
Brown told residents that they should not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at Brown’s office at no cost. Applicants should always be ready to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims accurately. Applications are due by June 30.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, $5.6 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.