Home Ownership


Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program - Application.

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 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Department of Revenue automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2022 to be considered.

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Homeowners’ Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP)

HEMAP was designed to protect Pennsylvanians who, through no fault of their own, are financially unable to make their mortgage payments and are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. HEMAP is a loan program to prevent foreclosure.

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Financially Interdependent Persons

Philadelphia allows property transfers between same-sex domestic partners to be tax-exempt. You are a Financially Interdependent Person, or FIP, if you are living together with someone as a single household and, for at least six months, have agreed to “share the common necessities of life and to be responsible for each other’s common welfare.”
NOTE: Pennsylvania does not recognize an exemption for property transfers between Financially Interdependent Persons, and so the transfer will be subject to the 1% Realty Transfer Tax imposed by the state.)

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