Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) today announced that forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for 2014 are now available. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2014. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.
Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:
- $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (Homeowners and renters).
- $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (Homeowners and renters).
- $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (Homeowners only).
- $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (Homeowners only).
Peifer reminds residents that they need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at the representative’s district office at no cost. Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.
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For the month of January, total General Fund Revenue collections were finalized at $2.4 billion, which is $90 million more than expected. In addition, collections for Sales and Use Taxes, non-tax revenue and all other taxes are significantly above estimates, while corporation taxes and Personal Income Taxes were slightly below estimates. Year-to-date General Fund collections of $15.7 billion are above the official estimates by $360 million. The state’s unemployment rate has continued to decline by 0.3 percent.
Working to Attract New Business to Pike and Wayne Counties
Last week, Peifer attended an event at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg to promote Pike and Wayne counties as great places to do business. With many incentives like tax abatement and training assistance; low construction, energy and labor costs; and close proximity to major cities and highways, the region is an ideal location for manufacturing facilities. The Pike County Economic Development Authority, Wayne Economic Development Corporation and the Pocono Mountains Visitor’s Bureau sponsored the event.