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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: April 21, 2014 10:15 AM
From: Representative Mark Painter
To: All House members
Subject: “Allowing Deductions for Property Taxes to Increase Eligibility for the Property Tax Rebate Program through the Pennsylvania Lottery”
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that amends the act of June 27, 2006 (Special Session 1, P.L. 1873, No. 1), known as the Taxpayer Relief Act, to reduce eligibility income for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program by the amount of property taxes paid by a claimant.

As many of you are aware, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of the five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery and benefits numerous Pennsylvanians throughout the Commonwealth. Under my legislation, eligibility income for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program will be reduced by the amount of property taxes paid by the claimant during the calendar year for which a rebate is claimed, thereby permitting additional seniors and individuals to qualify for the program or receive a higher rebate amount. This legislation is particularly beneficial to those seniors and individuals on the cusp of qualifying for the program or a particular rebate amount, but as a result of narrowly missing the qualification income, struggle to pay their property tax liabilities.

In addition, taxpayers with the same eligibility income for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program may have different disposable incomes if they are subject to dissimilar local property tax rates. By reducing eligibility income by the amount of property taxes paid, some of these variances between local property tax rates will now be accounted for when calculating income.

Please join me in sponsoring this important legislation that provides additional property tax relief for seniors and individuals.

Introduced as HB2215