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District Offices
315 East Market Street
Suite 100
Clearfield, PA 16830

(814) 765-0609

Fax: (814) 765-0592


264 Haida Avenue
Suite A1
Hastings, PA 16646.
Phone (814) 247-6210
Fax (814) 247-6212

Satellite Office 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
600 Lingle Street, Suite 100
Osceola Mills, PA 16666
Phone: (814) 339-6544
Fax: (814) 339-6546

Capitol Office
115 Ryan Office Bldg.
PO Box 202073
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2073
Phone: (717) 787-7099
Fax: (717) 782-2922
Reducing Your Property Taxes
2/4/2014
By State Rep. Tommy Sankey
74th Legislative District

Have you applied for property tax relief through Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program? Anyone who has taken advantage of this program in the past has already received a booklet in the mail. Staff at both my Clearfield and Osceola Mills district offices will be happy to help you, free of charge, to complete your application for tax year 2013.

If you are not familiar, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which began in 1971, is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2013. The program, which also receives funding from slots gaming, benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.

Eligibility income limits for homeowners and renters 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).
If you are interested in applying for the program, the new booklets will be available in my district offices the week of Tuesday, Feb. 18 (we are closed Monday, Feb. 17). In order for my staff to assist you with processing your application, you will need to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information. You may also apply online by visiting my website, www.RepSankey.com, and going to “Property Tax Relief” on the left navigation bar.

Pennsylvania’s Homestead Farmstead Exclusion offers you an opportunity for additional property tax relief. This program is a product of the Taxpayer Relief Act, Act 1 of Special Session 1 of 2006.

Under a homestead or farmstead property tax exclusion, the assessed value of each homestead or farmstead is reduced by the same amount before the property tax is computed. While most owner occupied homes and farms are eligible for property tax reduction through the exclusion, it is important to note only a primary residence is eligible for property tax relief.

To receive school property tax relief for tax years beginning July 1 or Jan. 1, an application for homestead or farmstead exclusions must be filed by the preceding March 1. School districts are required to notify homeowners by Dec. 31 of each year if their property is not approved for the homestead or farmstead exclusion or if their approval is due to expire. Additional information about the Homestead Farmstead Exclusion is also available on my website.

Questions about this or any legislative topic should be directed to my Clearfield office at (814) 765-0609 or my Osceola Mills office at (814) 339-6544.

Representative Tommy Sankey
74th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Scott Little
717.260.6137
slittle@pahousegop.com  
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