State of Pennsylvania
Property Tax / Rent Rebate Program


To help with the rising costs of living, you can apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

READ THIS ARTICLE CAREFULLY TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR A REBATE!

This rebate program is a "look back" program. This means that to calculate a rebate, you calculate the property taxes or rent the household paid and the income you received during the last calendar year.

Who is eligible for a rebate?

There are many different individuals that may qualify for a rebate. They must fall into one of the categories below and meet certain income guidelines.

    • A person or their spouse that is 65 years of age or older, or
    • Widows or widowers 50 years of age or older, or
    • Permanently DISABLED individuals 18 years of age or older.
What are the income guidelines and how much of a rebate is expected?
    For Homeowners:
Income Range
Rebate Amount
$ 0 - $8,000
$650
$8,001 - $15,000
$500
$15,000 - $18,000
$300
$18,001 - $36,663
$250
    For Renters:
Income Range
Rebate Amount
$ 0 - $8,000
$650
$8,001 - $15,713
$500

Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2016 and meet all other eligibility criteria.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

Due to program changes enacted in 2014 to ensure claimants aren’t disqualified from rebates solely because of Social Security cost-of-living-adjustments, homeowners and renters may be eligible for rebates even if their eligibility income is greater than these limits. Any homeowner who collected Social Security, received a property tax rebate in 2013 for claim year 2012 and had annual income last year – discounting half of Social Security – up to $36,663, is encouraged to apply for a rebate for claim year 2015. Any renter who collected Social Security, received a rent rebate in 2013 for claim year 2012 and had annual income last year – discounting half of Social Security – up to $15,713, is also encouraged to apply.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ONLY COUNT ONE- HALF OF SOCIAL SECURITY, SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME AND RAILROAD RETIREMENT TIER 1 BENEFITS WHEN CALCULATING ELIGIBILITY INCOME.

For example, if your gross Social Security income for last year was $20,000, the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program would count only $10,000 toward eligibility requirements. All other income such as salary, IRA payouts, pensions, dividends or interest is counted at 100%.

Do I ever have to repay this rebate or will a lien be placed on the property?

No. Absolutely NOT! No Lien is placed on the property nor does the rebate have to be repaid. Furthermore the rebate is not considered as income for any other program.

Who do I call if I have questions or how can I get an application?

For more information, to get an application or to get help completing the application call Polish American Social Services at (215) 923-1900.

For more information contact:

Polish American Social Services "PASS"
United Social Services Outreach Program
308 Walnut Street - Philadelphia, PA 19106 • (215) 923-1900
PolishAmericanSocialServices.com

Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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