It’s That Time of Year
The holidays tend to be a time when we see the people we know more often. Where our older family members and friends are concerned, this time of year is a perfect time to remind them the deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is rapidly approaching. Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, Dec. 31, in order to qualify for a rebate for the 2015 tax year.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2015. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

Income eligibility limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

  • $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only). ).
  • $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only). ).
There is no need to pay a private entity for assistance in filing the application forms. My district office staff will be happy to review your qualifications and complete the necessary paperwork for you. Call either my Mount Bethel office at (570) 897-0401 or the Nazareth office at (610) 746-5090 to schedule an appointment.

More than 566,000 households have applied to the program so far this year. Rebates totaling more than $257 million have been sent to more than 540,000 homeowners and renters. If you have already applied for a rebate, you may check the status of your claim online at or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.

Residents of the Bangor, Easton and Nazareth Area school districts may also be eligible for an additional rebate under a program administrated by the individual school districts. More information on these programs is available either by calling my district office or visiting my website,

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Scott Little
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