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Kevin J. Jennings, CPA
Older Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly want to age in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Because of the increased cost of living, those on fixed incomes have had a difficult few years. But there is a simple way to lend a hand.
The Ridley Township Board of Commissioners is pleased to offer homeowners who qualify for the Pennsylvania Property Tax Rebate (PA-1000) a partial refund of their rubbish and/or sewer fees up to $200.00.
At their July 2023 meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously passed Township Ordinance 2075 and 2076, increasing the municipal rebate from $150.00 to $200.00 -- $75.00 for rubbish and $125.00 for sewer fees.
"Since 2006, thousands of Ridley Township senior citizens and neighbors received more money back in their pockets thanks to these state and local programs," said Bob Willert, President of the Board of Commissioners. "Both rebates help eligible families make ends meet, many of them on fixed incomes. It is also an indirect investment in local businesses, allowing families to spend more on other necessities. As the first rebate checks of the year are sent out, I encourage all eligible residents to apply if they haven't done so already."
Details and criteria for both programs are included below. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, contact your Commissioner or the Township office at 610-534-4807.
Pennsylvania Property Tax Rebate (PA-1000)
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 yearly for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters; half of Social Security income is excluded.
Spouses, personal representatives, or estates may also file rebate claims for claimants who lived at least one day in the claim year and meet all other eligibility criteria.
If you are unsure and have filed your income tax this year, your preparer will know if you meet the criteria.
Residents can apply for the application online at mypath.pa.gov or by completing the PA-1000 paper application. Applicants must submit copies of income statements from 2022 and paid receipts of property taxes from 2022 (local, school, county) or a Rent Certificate completed by a landlord.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.
Eligible applicants should check the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program page on the Department of Revenue’s website for more information, including detailed instructions on the program, the paper application form, and contact information for those with questions.
Ridley Township Rubbish and/or Sewer Rebate
If you received your 2022 PA-1000 check or direct deposit AND paid your current (2023) "Township of Ridley" real estate tax bill, you can apply for the Township rebate.
When you receive your PA-1000 rebate check or notice of direct deposit, please bring it to the Township Treasurer/Tax Collector's office at the Municipal Building and complete the necessary refund form. Your township rebate could be between $75.00 and $200.00.
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