READING, Dec. 11, 2012 — State Sen. Judy Schwank reminds everyone that the filing deadline for senior citizens and other individuals eligible for the 2011 Property Tax and Rent Rebate is Dec. 31.

“This program has provided beneficial property tax relief to many individuals and families, so I encourage eligible folks to apply now,” Schwank said. “Last year alone, 18,906 eligible Berks County residents received a rebate, totaling nearly $9.2 million in tax payer relief for our county.”

The Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program provides financial assistance for homeowners and renters who are 65 years or older, widows or widowers over the age of 50, and permanently disabled persons over the age of 18.

The program’s income eligibility limit for qualifying homeowners is $35,000. The rebate ranges from $250 to $650 depending on the individual’s gross income. Some homeowners may receive larger rebates than requested, based income and/or property taxes, because they may qualify for a supplemental property tax rebate up to $975. Qualifying renters must have an income under $15,000 and their rebate ranges from $500 to $650.

For additional information or help completing the Property Tax or Rent Rebate application, contact Schwank’s District Office at 1940 N. 13th St. in Reading, or by phone (610) 929-2151.