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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Approaching

Rep. Martin Causer (R- Turtlepoint) reminds residents that the deadline for submitting applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is June 30.

These are the first applications available under the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2006 (Act 1), which expanded eligibility for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2006. This amount is up from $500 in previous years.

The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

The household eligibility income limit has been raised for homeowners from $15,000 to $35,000, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

Residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of four programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians.

Since the program began in 1971, more than $3.21 billion has been paid to qualified applicants. The 2005 Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Property Tax/Rent Rebate report shows that more than 313,000 claims were paid for that year.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available by contacting Causer’s offices in Bradford, telephone 814-362-4400, or Coudersport, telephone 814-274-9769, or by visiting his Web site at and clicking on the Property Tax/Rent Rebate button on the left side.

Click the title of this article to go to Rep. Causer's website.

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