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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: September 23, 2013 02:44 PM
From: Senator Andrew E. Dinniman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Legislation clarifying application for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate program.
I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring my legislation to clarify the application process for the senior citizens and others who participate in and benefit from the Pennsylvania Property Tax and Rent Rebate Assistance program.

Every year since the original Senior Citizens Rebate and Assistance Act of 1971 and its successor, the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2006, set June 30 as the application deadline for the program, the Commonwealth has used its statutory authority to extend the application deadline to December 31.

Given the now-automatic nature of this deadline extension, I believe the announcement notices we send out early every June have become an unnecessary exercise that only serves to confuse the senior citizens on fixed incomes and others who so depend on this vital program.

My bill would amend the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2006 so as to make December 31 the permanent deadline for application to the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Assistance Program. It would not change the Department of Revenue’s practice of beginning to send out rebate checks after July 1 of each year. I hope you join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB1117