Harrisburg – June 16, 2015 – The deadline for filing for a property tax or rent rebate has been extended to Dec. 31, 2015, according to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland).

“This is an important program that helps seniors and those with disabilities manage their property tax bills,” Brewster said.  “While we continue to work through more aggressive solutions that significantly reduce taxes, this program is a good way to channel funds back to those who need help.”

The program benefits Pennsylvania residents aged 65 or older, widows and widowers aged 50 and above and those with disabilities over the age of 18.  Homeowners must have an annual income of $35,000 or less, and renters must have an annual income of $15,000 or less.

Brewster said homeowners who qualified for rebates in 2014 and who received Social Security should pay attention to income guidelines since one-half of Social Security is discounted in the income calculation.

The maximum rebate is $650 with supplement rebates available for qualifying homeowners.  Brewster said that applicants should check with the state revenue department or call his office to determine eligibility.

Brewster encouraged those who believe they are eligible to contact his district offices.  Brewster’s district office telephone numbers are as follows: Monroeville, (412) 380-2242, McKeesport, (412) 664-5200 and the Alley-Kiski office can be reached at (724) 334-1143.

The program is funded by the state lottery and gaming revenues.

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