PRINTER'S NO. 223
No. 187 Session of 2007
INTRODUCED BY BOSCOLA, LAVALLE, COSTA, KASUNIC, GREENLEAF, STOUT, PUNT, O'PAKE, ORIE, MUSTO, FONTANA, KITCHEN, TARTAGLIONE AND STACK, MARCH 6, 2007
REFERRED TO FINANCE, MARCH 6, 2007
AN ACT 1 Authorizing senior citizens to claim an exemption from tax 2 increases as to certain real property; and providing for 3 termination of the exemption. 4 The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 5 hereby enacts as follows: 6 Section 1. Short title. 7 This act shall be known and may be cited as the Senior 8 Citizens' Property Tax Freeze Act. 9 Section 2. Exemption from property tax increases. 10 No political subdivision which imposes a real property tax on 11 residential property shall increase the tax or the tax rate on 12 the real property of an individual if all of the following 13 apply: 14 (1) The individual is 65 years of age or older. 15 (2) The individual currently resides on the property as 16 to which the exemption is claimed and has resided thereon for 17 at least five consecutive years immediately prior to claiming 18 the exemption.
1 (3) Neither the individual nor any other person with 2 whom the individual owns the property by joint tenancy, 3 tenancy in common or tenancy by the entireties is currently 4 claiming or otherwise receiving an exemption under this 5 section as to other property located in this Commonwealth. 6 (4) The individual's annual income, as defined in 7 Chapter 13 of the act of June 27, 2006 (1st Sp.Sess., P.L. , 8 No.1), known as the Taxpayer Relief Act, is not more than 9 $65,000. 10 Section 3. Application for exemption. 11 An individual may apply for the exemption allowed by section 12 2 by filing with the political subdivision which imposes the tax 13 a notarized statement containing all of the following: 14 (1) The applicant's name, residential address and Social 15 Security number. 16 (2) A certification that the individual is 65 years of 17 age or older, currently resides on the property as to which 18 the exemption is claimed and has resided thereon for at least 19 five consecutive years immediately prior to claiming the 20 exemption. 21 (3) The names and Social Security numbers of all other 22 owners of the property as to which the exemption is claimed. 23 (4) A certification that no taxes are in arrears as to 24 the property. 25 (5) Evidence that the individual's annual income does 26 not exceed $65,000. 27 Section 4. Termination of exemption. 28 (a) General rule.--Except as provided in subsection (b), the 29 exemption allowed by section 2 shall be terminated, and the tax 30 and tax rate shall become current upon sale or transfer of the 20070S0187B0223 - 2 -
1 property as to which the exemption is in effect, including a 2 transfer under a recorded real property sales contract. 3 (b) Exception.--The exemption from property tax increase 4 shall not be terminated under subsection (a) if the sale or 5 transfer is to a joint owner, tenant in common or tenant by the 6 entireties who is 64 years of age or older at the time of the 7 sale or transfer and who is otherwise entitled to claim the 8 exemption. 9 Section 5. Reimbursement by Commonwealth. 10 The Department of Revenue shall reimburse political 11 subdivisions annually for the difference between the real 12 property taxes imposed upon individuals who are receiving 13 exemptions under this act and the tax liability which would have 14 been imposed if the exemptions had not been granted. 15 Section 6. Applicability. 16 This act shall apply to the tax year beginning January 1, 17 2008, and to all subsequent tax years. 18 Section 7. Repeal. 19 All acts and parts of acts are repealed insofar as they are 20 inconsistent with this act. 21 Section 8. Effective date. 22 This act shall take effect immediately. L5L72DMS/20070S0187B0223 - 3 -