HARRISBURG, January 24, 2018 — State Senator Lisa M. Boscola today announced that applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available online and at her local offices.

This year’s filing deadline is June 30.

“This is an excellent program for our seniors and I encourage everyone to see if they are eligible for this program,” Boscola said. “The rebate check  goes a long way in providing assistance to those who need it most.”

Applicants must apply yearly. The rebate amount is based on annual income and paid property taxes for each calendar year.  Individuals eligible for the program include Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with permanent disabilities over the age of 18.

In 2008 Boscola voted for the 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.

Boscola has also introduced legislation that would freeze property tax rates for seniors, and 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, or the West Catasauqua Prof. Office Bldg., 2123 N. 1st Ave., Suite A-4 in Whitehall (610) 266-2117.  Assistance with filling out the Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications is available through one of Senator Boscola’s offices. There are also events held at local senior centers and libraries to assist those wishing to complete a rebate form. Please contact our offices for more information.

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