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Seniors, Disabled Can Still Claim Their Tax, Rent Rebates

HARRISBURG PA – Dec. 31 (2012; Monday) is the deadline for older adults and people with disabilities to apply for rebates of up to $975 from Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebates program, the state Department of Revenue said.

Seniors, Disabled Can Still Claim Tax Or Rent RebatesIt costs nothing to apply for a rebate, and free application assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, the department added Monday (Dec. 17). Application forms and help are offered at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers, and state legislators’ offices.

Assistance is also available by calling 1-888-222-9190, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Requests for applications by telephone or mail can no longer be considered due to the approaching deadline. However, Property Tax and Rent Rebates claim forms (PA-1000) and information are also available online at the department’s website.

To speed processing, claimants are reminded to provide all required income, property tax or rent information. Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

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