The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended until Dec. 31, 2011. The program provides rebates of up to $650 on property taxes or rent paid in 2010 to those who qualify.
To be eligible, an applicant must be:
· -65 or older;
· -A widow or widower who is 50 or older; or
· -A person with a permanent disability who is 18 or older.
The total household income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 a year for renters. If a homeowner or renter receives Social Security payments, half of that money will be excluded.
Those who applied before the original June 30 deadline will begin to receive their rebates after July 1. The status of pending applications can be checked by visiting www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling 1-888-PATAXES.
To obtain a Property Tax/Rent Rebate application, please visit www.revenue.state.pa.us or contact my office, which can also assist you in filling out the form.
I would also like to remind everyone that, each month, I provide mobile office hours for North Side residents to access state services and information. The mobile office hours are held the last Wednesday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Allegheny City Room at the Carnegie Library Allegheny Branch, 1230 Federal St. A notary public is available during these hours, by appointment only.
Other state services my office can help you with include PACE/PACENET prescription-drug cards for seniors and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides free or low-cost insurance. My main office is also available to help you. The People’s Office is located on the first floor of 2015-2017 Centre Ave.; the telephone number is 412-471-7760.
State Rep. Jake Wheatley
19th Legislative District