BETHLEHEM (DEC 20, 2011) – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) is urging eligible senior citizens to make sure they file their state property tax/rent rebate application for property taxes or rent paid in 2010 by the December 31, 2011 deadline.

“If you are a senior, related to or friends with a senior, please remind them to make sure they get their application in by the deadline,” Boscola said. “In these tough economic times, a rebate check can help a great deal.”

Boscola said qualifying seniors can receive up to $975 from the program. She added that applications and free filing assistance are available at her local district offices, Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, and senior centers.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and information are also available online at www.PaPropertyTaxRelief.com or by calling 1-888-222-9190, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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. Boscola said seniors should keep in mind that only half of Social Security income is counted in determining eligibility.

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

Boscola said the state is providing $776.2 million in property tax relief this year, including expanded rebates from the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program and general property tax relief for all homeowners distributed through school districts last summer. As a result, she said school property tax bills were completely eliminated for about 120,000 residents statewide this year.

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