Property Tax Rebate Program
State College Area
School District Offers Property Tax Rebate Program
On May 4, 2015,
the State College Area Board of School Directors approved a property tax rebate program for senior citizens, widows, widowers and
disabled persons who meet certain income eligibility guidelines and who are
homeowners. The rebate program was modeled after the Pennsylvania
Property Tax Rebate program (see more information below) which is administered
by the PA Department of Revenue and funded by PA Lottery proceeds. (Read the resolution exhibit.)
On March 28, 2016,
the State College Area Board of School Directors voted to continue the property tax rebate program for the 2015 tax year. By continuing the
rebate program, the board is demonstrating a willingness to help the
aforementioned individuals for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
District applications are included with school real estate tax bills mailed in July. Applications will soon also be available at the following locations:
1. State College Area School
2. State College Area School
District Business Office located at 240 Villa Crest Dr., State College,
PA 16801, (814) 231-1021.
3. Area community locations such as Schlow Library, Centre County Office of Aging, Centre County
Senior Center, Municipal Tax Offices, etc.
the State College Area School District Supplemental Property Tax Rebate Program
This program is authorized on an annual basis by the
Board of School Directors to provide property tax relief for eligible
households in the State College Area School District. Applications
are processed on a first come, first served basis. The maximum annual rebate
for a household is $650 under this program.
is a homeowner in the State College Area School District. Renters are not
eligible for this program.
any of the following criteria:
o Claimant or claimant’s spouse is
age 65 or older;
o Widows and widowers age 50 and
o People with disabilities age 18
3. Household income does not exceed
$35,000 per year. One half of your social security income is excluded
from this calculation.
4. Property is registered for a
homestead/farmstead exclusion in the State College Area School District.
5. Claimant has been awarded a
rebate from the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. More
information on this program can be found at: http://www.revenue.pa.gov/GeneralTaxInformation/PropertyTaxRentRebateProgram/Pages/default.aspx#.VQH5x-FFzik
6. Real estate tax bills issued July 1 must have been paid by December 31 of the applicable tax year.
How to Apply
seeking a rebate must first apply to Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate
Program. Your rebate amount depends on your eligibility level in the
State program. There is a limit to the total amount of relief from state
and local programs.
a copy of the following with your district rebate application:
o Completed PA-1000 for the applicable year. The form is available at: http://www.revenue.pa.gov/FormsandPublications/FormsforIndividuals/Pages/Property-Tax-Rent-Rebate.aspx#.VQH96uFFzik
o Evidence of receipt of amount
from your Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate program (copy of rebate check or bank statement showing rebate direct deposit.
3. If you moved or had a change in
your personal status during the year, your rebate will be prorated. See
PA-1000 for details.
4. Application materials should be
Supplemental Property Tax Program
State College Area School
240 Villa Crest Dr.
State College, PA 16801
Amount of Rebate
Eligible homeowners receive:
Property tax relief is considered a homestead
exemption. As required by Pennsylvania, the maximum allowable
amount of tax relief is 50 percent of the median assessed value of homestead
properties in the District.
Property owners may submit their applications anytime
between July 1 and June 30. Rebates will be awarded on a first come, first served
basis until funds are expended. Eligible rebates will be issued by check. Estimated processing of rebates and mailing of checks is approximately six weeks.
the Pennsylvania Property Tax Rebate Program
If you believe you
are eligible for the Pennsylvania Property Tax Rebate, use booklet PA-1000
to apply for the rebate. The deadline to apply for the state program is June
30. (The deadline to apply for the state rebate has been extended to December 31, 2016. Issuance of state rebate checks will begin July 1, 2016.) Rebate checks are mailed starting July 1 of each year.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available online at http://www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling the
department’s information line at 1-888-222-9190.
may claim the rebate must fall into one of the following categories:
§65 years of age or
§Widow or widower
age 50 or older
§Age 18 or more and
annual household income cannot exceed $35,000. Legislation in the late
1990’s broadened the rebate program by excluding 50% of Social Security
payments and Railroad Retirement benefit payments from the eligible income.
Property Tax Rebate forms and assistance are available at the Department of
Revenue district offices (listed in the government section of your telephone