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Last Day For Senior Rebate Apps

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – It’s come down to the wire for senior citizens in the Pottsgrove School District who hope to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s offer to refund a substantial portion of their property taxes.

He could spend his rebate on the dog, but he must apply by today.

He could spend his rebate on the dog, but he must apply by today.

Today (Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008) is the final day that residents age 65 and older can take advantage of property tax abatement provided by a state law expanded in 2006. Envelopes bearing their rebate applications must bear today’s mailing postmark to be considered valid. Applications can be downloaded from the state’s rebate website.

The rebate program also helps widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

Pennsylvania’s property tax relief law has already eliminated school taxes for hundreds of thousands of senior home owners statewide, according to Gov. Ed Rendell. The legislature budgeted $786 million this year for tax rebates. Funding for the program is supported by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.

As of Monday (Dec. 29, 2008), according to Rendell’s office, more than 600,000 people had applied for a rebate.

The average refund amounts to more than $400 per applicant. In Montgomery County (PA) alone, more than $7.1 million in rebates were distributed among 16,984 applicants.

“I encourage everyone who thinks they may be eligible for a rebate to get their application in by the deadline,” Rendell has said. “I don’t want one senior to miss out on receiving the help they need in paying their school property taxes.”

Specific income levels apply, and rebates are adjusted based on income. Property owners and renters alike may qualify. For more information on Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, or to apply, call 888-222-9190 or go online.

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