Harrisburg, June 11, 2018 – Sen. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) says that seniors and disabled residents can benefit from the extended deadline for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The deadline to apply for the program has been extended to December 31, 2018.

“Seniors and disabled residents in our community can receive assistance with their property taxes and rental costs by applying for this program,” Sabatina said.  “My office is able to help eligible residents through the application process.”

Sabatina applauded the decision to extend the deadline to the end of the year, rather than maintaining the original deadline of June 30.

“Extending the deadline allows residents more time to gather the necessary information and complete an application,” Sabatina said.  “More seniors can be helped because of the extension.”

Eligibility for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is income-based with a $35,000 per year income limit for homeowners and a $15,000 per year income limit for renters. Half of a resident’s Social Security income is excluded. The program is available to residents age 65 or older, widows and widowers age 50 or older, and people with disabilities age 18 or older.

The maximum standard rebate through the program is $650. Supplemental rebates are automatically calculated by the Department of Revenue and can boost the rebate amount for certain qualifying homeowners.

The program has been administered through the Department of Revenue since 1971 and has provided more than $6.7 billion in property tax and rent relief to Pennsylvania’s seniors and disabled residents.

In 2017, nearly 600,000 eligible residents benefited from the program.