2010 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Approaching

An article in the PoconoRecord.com, reminds seniors that the deadline for the 2010 Property Tax/Rent Rebate is quickly approaching.

Renters and property owners have until Dec. 31 to apply for a rebate for taxes/rent paid in 2010.

You qualify for this rebate if you owned and occupied your home as your primary residence only, or rented and occupie a home, apartment, nursing home, boarding home, or similar residence in Pennsylvania.

To quality, you must also meet one of the following three categories:

You or your spouse were 65 years or older as of Dec., 31, 2010.

Or you were a widow or widower during all or part of 2010 and were 50 years or older as of Dec. 31, 2010.

Or you were permanently disabled all or part of 2010, and you were 18 years of age or older during 2010, and you were unable to work because of your medically determined physical or mental disability, and your disability is expected to continue indefinitely.

Also, the total eligible annual household income, including the income of your spouse who lives with you, was $15,000 or less in 2010 for renters and $35,000 or less in 2010 for property owners. You may exclude 50 percent of your Social Security benefits and 50 percent of any Railroad Retirement benefits when calculating your total eligible annual household income.

If you have any questions, or would like an application, contact your local Area Agency on Aging. Or, you can print a form at www.revenue.state.pa.us.

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