$233 million in 2013 property tax/rent rebate checks to be distributed starting July 1

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue will issue rebate checks totaling $223 million to nearly 473,000 homeowners, renters and people with disabilities starting Tuesday July 1, through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

“Property tax and rent rebate checks should begin to arrive in mailboxes on Tuesday,” said Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser, who noted that, by law, rebates are distributed beginning July 1. “Homeowners and renters who opted to have rebates directly deposited into bank account – more than 178,000 will receive their rebates on Tuesday, July 1.”

As of June 21, the Revenue Department had received more than 512,000 rebate applications. About 600,000 older Pennsylvanians and residents with disabilities are expected to benefit from the program this year.

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. The Revenue Department automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.

The deadline to apply for the rebate program was extended to Dec. 31; rebates will continue to be distributed as claims are approved through the rest of the year.

Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online at http://www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.