New Law to Help Seniors, Disabled Maintain Important Benefit
10/30/2014
HARRISBURG – Legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin), and recently signed into law, will enable hundreds of thousands of senior citizens and Pennsylvanians with disabilities to remain eligible for a state program to help keep them in their homes.
 
The Property Tax and Rent Rebate program provides much-needed relief for many disabled or older Pennsylvanians living on fixed incomes. However, recent Social Security cost-of-living adjustments threatened to force some individuals out of the program by putting them over the income limit required for eligibility.
 
“An increase in Social Security benefits is intended to help individuals with disabilities, and seniors who have spent their lives as productive members of society, to maintain their standard of living - not penalize them,” said Moul. “Act 156 of 2014 will enable more of these struggling individuals to take advantage of this important program should Social Security cost-of-living increases bump their income above the limit allowed to remain eligible.”
 
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many programs funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery to benefit older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, more than $5 billion has been paid to qualified applicants, who are 65 years of age or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes.
 
Income eligibility limits 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).
 
Any homeowner who receives Social Security, was paid a property tax rebate in 2013 for claim year 2012 and had annual income up to $35,298 last year is encouraged to apply for a rebate for claim year 2013. Also, renters who receive Social Security, were paid a rent rebate in 2013 for claim year 2012 and had annual incomes last year up to $15,128 are also encouraged to apply.
 
Anyone who has not already applied or received a rebate for property taxes or rent paid in 2013 has until Dec. 31 to do so. The application period for rebates based on 2014 expenditures will open in early 2015. For more information and to apply, please contact Moul’s district office at (717) 334-3010 or visit www.RepMoul.com. There is no charge to apply and Moul’s district office staff is available to provide free assistance in filling out the necessary paperwork.
  
Earlier this year, Moul co-sponsored Act 12 of 2014 to keep about 40,000 senior citizens from becoming ineligible for PACE and PACENET prescription drug benefits due to social security cost-of-living adjustments. The new law will also allow about 10,000 more seniors to gain access to the programs.
 
Representative Dan Moul
91st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Donna Pinkham
717.260.6452
dpinkham@pahousegop.com
RepMoul.com
 
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