OWN OR RENT:
must have owned and occupied a home or rented and
occupied a home, apartment, nursing home, boarding home
or similar residence in Pennsylvania during the period
for which you claim the rebate.
Homeowners must have paid property taxes prior to
applying. Renters must verify their landlords
were required to pay property taxes or made payments in
lieu of property taxes on rental properties.
When is the deadline to
Applications must be postmarked by June 30. The PA-1000
booklet is used to apply for rebates. The application
forms are available in late February at
www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling 1-888-222-9190. Once you qualify for your first rebate,
the department will automatically send you an
application the next year. Rebate checks are mailed
beginning July 1 each year.
Can I file for someone who
A decedent’s personal representative may file a claim
for an eligible claimant who died after Dec. 31 of the
claim year. If the claimant died
within the claim year, no rebate is available for that
If you are filing a claim for an eligible decedent, do
not use the preprinted label that may have accompanied
an application automatically mailed to the decedent.
Depending on your relationship with the decedent, in
addition to other required proof documents you may need
to include the decedent’s death certificate, a short
certificate or the Decree of Distribution.
How do I prove my age?
is Pennsylvania after all, just kidding, the state
will accept copies of birth certificates; Blue Cross
65 Special Cards; church baptismal records; hospital
birth records; driver’s licenses or PA
Identification Cards; naturalization papers (if age
is shown); military discharge papers (if age is
shown); Medicare cards; PACE/PACENET cards; and
passports. Do not submit
There are many reasons to purchase title insurance.
Some of the reasons include fraud & forgery,
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importance of title insurance.
What do I need to include with
my form to claim a property tax rebate?
You are required to prove the real
estate taxes were paid for the year claimed. If
you cannot provide a receipted copy of your property tax
bill, the department will accept a copy of the tax bill,
along with a copy of both sides of the cancelled check
used to pay your taxes.
If your name does not appear on the tax bills, proof of
ownership must be submitted. Examples include a copy of
the deed, trust, will or decree of distribution. If the
address is not on the receipted bill or mortgage
statement, you must also submit a letter from your tax
collector or mortgage company verifying your home
What do I need to include with
my form to claim a rent rebate?
If you are claiming a rent rebate,
you must provide proof of the rent you paid. You
will need a PA rent
certificate for each place in which you resided during
the claim year, signed by the landlord or the landlord’s
authorized agent. If a landlord’s signature cannot be
obtained, you must complete and submit a notarized
Rental Occupancy Affidavit. If you are not able to
provide a rent certificate or notarized statement, you
may submit rent receipts. The landlord or his/her
authorized agent must sign each rent receipt showing
your name and rented address, the amount of the rent you
paid and the time period for which the rent was paid.
You must submit receipts for all months you claim.
Do not submit rent receipts if
submitting rent certificates or notarized statements.
How soon do I get my check?
payments are sent out each year on July 1. You may check
on the status of your Property Tax/Rent Rebate Claim
form online through the Revenue e-Services Center or by
calling the automated number, 1-888-PA TAXES
Be prepared to provide your Social Security number, the
claim year and your date of birth. Please wait 8-10
weeks from the date you mailed your claim to check its
status. Here is the link where you can check on the
status of your Property Tax/Rent Rebate:
What's a reverse mortgage? Is
it right for me?
Did you know that according to the Department of Housing
and Development (HUD), there were 493,815 active reverse
mortgages in 2010. Senior citizens across the country
are receiving additional monthly income to help pay