HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola today reminded senior citizens that they now have until December 31 to file for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) Program.

“While the legislature continues to debate property tax relief proposals, it is important for seniors to explore their eligibility for programs like PTRR,” Boscola said.  “With this filing deadline extension, I urge seniors to look into whether they are eligible and apply.”

Individuals eligible for the program include Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with permanent disabilities over 18 years of age.

Boscola voted in favor of the 2008 law that more than doubled the income limit for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program from $15,000 to $35,000.  The measure also raised the maximum rebate for homeowners and renters from $500 to $650.  Applicants can exclude half of their income earned from Social Security, Supplemental Security income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits when applying for a rebate.

The Northampton County lawmaker has also authored legislation that would freeze property tax rates for seniors, and has co-sponsored a bill that would totally shift the school funding burden away from property taxes.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms are available on Boscola’s web site at www.senatorboscola.com or at one of her local district offices at: One East Broad Street, Suite 120 in Bethlehem (610) 868-8667, or 1701 Washington Blvd. in Easton (610) 250-5627.  Assistance with filling out the Property Tax/Rent Rebate application is available at one of Senator Boscola’s offices, as well as mobile office hours that are held at local senior centers and libraries to assist more people fill out their rebate form.

Boscola said eligible applicants could also obtain a rebate application at http://www.revenue.pa.gov/FormsandPublications/FormsforIndividuals/Pages/Property-Tax-Rent-Rebate.aspx#.VX8Pb2d0zQw or by calling toll-free at 1-888-222-9190. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery.

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