PRINTER'S NO. 223
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
272
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY J. WARD, LANGERHOLC, FOLMER, BREWSTER, COSTA,
STEFANO AND YUDICHAK, FEBRUARY 7, 2019
REFERRED TO FINANCE, FEBRUARY 7, 2019
AN ACT
Amending the act of June 27, 2006 (1st Sp.Sess., P.L.1873,
No.1), entitled "An act providing for taxation by school
districts, for the State funds formula, for tax relief in
first class cities, for school district choice and voter
participation, for other school district options and for a
task force on school cost reduction; making an appropriation;
prohibiting prior authorized taxation; providing for
installment payment of taxes; restricting the power of
certain school districts to levy, assess and collect taxes;
and making related repeals," in senior citizens property tax
and rent rebate assistance, further providing for
definitions.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The definition of "income" in section 1303 of the
act of June 27, 2006 (1st Sp.Sess., P.L.1873, No.1), known as
the Taxpayer Relief Act, is amended to read:
Section 1303. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this chapter
shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
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"Income." All income from whatever source derived,
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including, but not limited to:
(1) Salaries, wages, bonuses, commissions, income from
self-employment, alimony, support money, cash public
assistance and relief.
(2) The gross amount of any pensions or annuities,
including railroad retirement benefits for calendar years
prior to 1999 and 50% of railroad retirement benefits for
calendar years 1999 and thereafter.
(3) (i) [All] Fifty percent of all benefits received
under the Social Security Act (49 Stat. 620, 42 U.S.C. ยง
301 et seq.), except Medicare benefits[, for calendar
years prior to 1999, and 50% of all benefits received
under the Social Security Act, except Medicare benefits,
for calendar years 1999 and thereafter.] and except that
portion of benefits deducted to cover Medicare Part B
premiums.
(ii) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act
to the contrary, persons who, as of December 31, 2012,
are eligible for the property tax or rent rebate shall
remain eligible if the household income limit is exceeded
due solely to a Social Security cost-of-living
adjustment.
(iii) Eligibility in the property tax and rent
rebate program pursuant to subparagraph (ii) shall expire
on December 31, 2016.
(4) All benefits received under State unemployment
insurance laws.
(5) All interest received from the Federal or any state
government or any instrumentality or political subdivision
thereof.
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(6) Realized capital gains and rentals.
(7) Workers' compensation.
(8) The gross amount of loss of time insurance benefits,
life insurance benefits and proceeds, except the first $5,000
of the total of death benefit payments.
(9) Gifts of cash or property, other than transfers by
gift between members of a household, in excess of a total
value of $300.
The term does not include surplus food or other relief in kind
supplied by a governmental agency, property tax or rent rebate,
inflation dividend, Federal veterans' disability payments or
State veterans' benefits.
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Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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