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How do homeowners find out if they qualify for the Pennsylvania Property Tax Rebate Program?

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As of 2015, Pennsylvania homeowners eligible for the Property Tax Rebate Program are those who are over age 65; widowed and over age 50; disabled and over age 18; and whose income does not exceed $35,000 as a homeowner or $15,000 as a renter, after excluding half of Social Security income, according to the State of Pennsylvania. Rebate applications are available for downloading on the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue's website.

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The Department of Revenue offers assistance to homeowners who need help filing their applications, as does the Area Agencies on Aging, according to the DOR.

Social Security recipients who qualified for the rebate in years prior to 2014 may be able to receive a rebate even if their income is over $35,000, according to the State of Pennsylvania. Property tax rebates are highest for low-income homeowners, with the maximum rebate of $650 available only to homeowners with incomes under $8,000 and rebates up to $200 for homeowners with incomes between $18,000 and $35,000.

While the maximum rebate is $650, certain homeowners are allowed a supplemental rebate of 50 percent for a total maximum rebate of $975, reports the Pennsylvania DOR. In Scranton, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, seniors with incomes under $30,000 are automatically credited with the 50-percent supplement, as are seniors outside of those cities who are also subject to income taxes in excess of 15 percent.

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