Senior citizens living in Pennsylvania should be aware of the property tax relief offered to them, as this could be of great assistance when you begin retirement planning. Whether you live in or own a home, you may be able to get your property taxes lowered if you are a senior.
Pennsylvania has a relatively high average effective property tax rate in the United States, which is 1.50%. Through the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, individuals may be able to receive a $250 to $650 rebate. In some cases, you may be able to get supplemental rebates up to $975.The exact amount will depend on what your annual income is.
The following people can qualify for this tax relief:
- Senior citizens aged 65+
- Widows/widowers aged 50+
- Persons with disabilities aged 18+
- Homeowners whose annual incomes are less than $35,000
- Renters whose annual incomes are less than $15,000
Seniors who are considered most in need will also be protected by the law and given relief based on the following:
- Senior citizens in Scranton, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh who have an annual household income of less than $30,000 can have their property tax rebate go up by an additional 50%.
- Individuals who have annual household incomes of less than $30,000 but pay over 15% in property taxes may also have their property tax rebates go up by an additional 50%.
You can still be eligible for the PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program even if you receive Social Security. You can exclude half of your Social Security income to determine what your rebate will be under this particular program.
If you meet the aforementioned qualifications, you can reach out to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue District Office, or visit their website. To learn more about senior discounts around the country, check out the rest of Senior Strong’s resources today!
Irene Lefever is a senior advisor whose role is to make sure that senior citizens’ physical, mental, psychological, and emotional needs are catered to. Lefever got her degree in Multimedia Arts at the University of California, Riverside.