Cox’s Bill Enhancing Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Passed by House
6/5/2012
HARRISBURG – The House today approved a bill introduced by Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) that would allow surviving family members of a person who is eligible for the state’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate program but passes away before the end of the tax year to collect any benefits the deceased would have been eligible to receive.

“When a person who is eligible for the Property Tax and Rent Rebate program passes away, a family member should be able to collect the money,” Cox said.

The Property Tax and Rent Rebate program provides benefits based on the previous year’s taxes or rent. For example, the program in 2012 will provide rebates for taxes and rent paid by eligible applicants in 2011. Therefore, an applicant who paid property taxes in 2011 but passed away before the end of that year would not have an opportunity to apply for a rebate.

Currently, the benefit owed to the deceased person would be lost and family members would be unable to claim it.

“These families are dealing with the loss of a loved one,” Cox said. “Denying them the rebate that their loved one was eligible for is like throwing salt in an open wound.”

Under Cox’s legislation (House Bill 468), a family member – including a surviving spouse, child, mother or father, or sister or brother – would be eligible to collect the benefit owed to the deceased person.

“These are men and women who are eligible for the program, but who unfortunately passed away before they were able to receive the benefit,” Cox said. “My legislation would ensure that their surviving family members would be able to receive the rebate. These funds may help a widow, son or daughter remain in the family home.”

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

State Representative Jim Cox
129th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Dan Massing
dmassing@pahousegop.com
717.772.9845
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