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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 2, 2020 04:39 PM
From: Senator Mario M. Scavello
To: All Senate members
Subject: Senior Property Tax Relief Act
 
In the near future, I intend to re-introduce legislation (Senate Bill 1262 and Senate Bill 1263 of 2019-20 Legislative Session) providing for much needed school property tax relief for senior citizens across the Commonwealth.

Specifically, my legislation would provide for a property tax rebate of up to $5,000 for all seniors age 65 and older who have an annual household income of $60,000 or less.  This legislation expands upon the already existing Property Tax Rent Rebate (PTRR) Program.

The second piece of the two-bill package would provide for a one half percent increase in the sales and use tax. It is important to emphasize that this legislation does not expand the sales and use tax to other items, rather all currently taxable items shall remain the same.

Property taxes continue to rise at an alarming rate and senior citizens are among our most vulnerable populations, given that they are on fixed incomes.  As has been said before, no tax should have the power to leave you homeless. Furthermore, no citizen should be forced to choose between paying for food, medicine, or their school property tax bill.  Implementation of this legislation is necessary so that together we can further address the property tax structure that has afflicted us with years of escalating home foreclosures and rising tax bills across the Commonwealth.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Christine Zubeck in my office at 717-787-6123 or czubeck@pasen.gov.  Thank you for your consideration.



Document #1

Introduced as SB590

Description: Providing for a property tax rebate of up to $5,000 for all seniors age 65 and older who have an annual household income of $60,000 or less.  This legislation expands upon the already existing Property Tax Rent Rebate (PTRR) Program.
 

Document #2

Introduced as SB591

Description: Amending the Tax Reform Code of 1971, in sales and use tax, further providing for imposition of tax. Thereby, increase such tax by one half percent and creating the Senior Citizen Additional Property Tax Rebate Fund.  This legislation does not expand the sales and use tax to other items, rather all currently taxable items shall remain the same.