HARRISBURG, February 14, 2011 – – State Sen. John N. Wozniak today encouraged seniors and disabled citizens to double-check their eligibility for extra property tax relief paid for by gaming proceeds.

Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program have been sent out to those who previously qualified for a rebate, but every year hundreds of thousands of eligible Pennsylvanians miss out.

“Eligibility for property tax and rent relief was greatly expanded through taxes paid by the casino industry,” Wozniak said. “Thousands of eligible residents don’t realize that they qualify and don’t take advantage of the program.”

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. A 2006 program expansion increased the income limit from $15,000 to $35,000 (which excludes half of Social Security income) for homeowners and raised the maximum standard rebate for both homeowners and renters from $500 to $650. The income limit for renters is $15,000.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms (PA-1000) and related information may be obtained at www.papropertytaxrelief.com or by calling 1-888-222-9190. The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2010 is June 30, 2011. Rebates will be distributed beginning on July 1, as specified by law.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery and is bolstered by gaming revenue under the Taxpayer Relief Act. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received nearly $4.5 billion worth of property tax and rent relief. The expanded portion of the rebate program is paid for with revenue from slots gaming.

The deadline to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is June 30.