Act 1 of 2006 expanded the income thresholds for senior citizens to qualify for property tax and rent rebates. Beginning with the 2006 tax bill, senior citizens (age 65 and older) are eligible to receive the following:
In determining household income, only 50 percent of Social Security payments must be counted toward income. Also, senior citizens who earn up to $30,000 a year and pay more than 15 percent of their income in property taxes (and who do not live in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or Scranton) may have their property tax rebate increased by an additional 50 percent.
Senior citizens who are renters are eligible to receive the following:
The Senior Citizens Property Tax and Rent Rebate Assistance Program is administered by the Department of Revenue. The application and information for filing a claim can be found at www.revenue.state.pa.us. Click on Forms and Publications, then click on Property Tax/Rent Rebate.