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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 19, 2017 08:32 AM
From: Representative Tina M. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Amending the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program to Allow for Payment Schedules as Proof of Claim
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation introduced last session that would amend the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2006 to allow for a schedule of payments of real property taxes that have been provided by the taxing authority and approved by the Department of Revenue to qualify as a Proof of Claim.

Over the course of several years, I have had many constituents, primarily seniors, come to my office in great need of the Property Tax Rent Rebate, but who were ineligible for the program because they were not current on their property tax bill. This legislation would allow taxpayers who are making a good-faith effort to pay their property taxes an opportunity to apply for and receive a Property Tax Rent Rebate, which they otherwise would not have been eligible to receive.

This change to the law would help rectify the sad irony that those most in need of relief are being denied it; it would ultimately allow for many of those delinquent taxpayers to become current on the very bill we are attempting to help them offset. While we all recognize the heavy burden that property taxes can be on Pennsylvania’s citizens, we have a duty to find ways to ease the burden on those who – despite their best efforts – may still be unable to receive a Property Tax Rent Rebate because they are delinquent on a previous tax bill.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation to provide some relief to those taxpayers that are making a sincere effort to pay their fair share to their local taxing authority.

Previous sponsors include: Thomas, Readshaw, Deasy, Freeman, Goodman, Mullery, D. Costa, V. Brown, Kinsey, Murt, Moul and Galloway.

Introduced as HB796