The state's Department of Revenue is urging senior citizens and people with disabilities to apply for rebates of up to $975.

Monday, Dec. 31, marks the deadline to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.

Funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery, more than 18,000 York County residents received checks through the program last year.

The rebate program benefits lower-income renters and home owners age 65 or older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities who are 18 and older.

The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, with half of a claimant's Social Security income excluded, said Department of Revenue spokeswoman Maia Warren.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates can increase the amount to $975, she said.

Last year, more than 604,000 seniors received $284.1 million in rebates statewide. In York County, 18,663 applicants were given $7.7 million, according to a Department of Revenue report.

Applications are available at area senior centers and state legislators' offices, or online at www.revenue.state.pa.us.

Assistance is available by calling 1-888-222-9190, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.


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