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Township of Unity, PA
Westmoreland County
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[Adopted 9-12-2013 by Ord. No. O-6-2013]
This article shall be known as the "Unity Township Senior Citizen's Tax Rebate Expansion Ordinance."
The purpose of this article is to expand those property tax relief programs provided to the elderly by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to other aging and economically qualifying adults within the Township.
The rebate provided herein shall be available to any real property owner where:
A. 
One or more person named on the real estate tax duplicate issued for the property is 65 years of age or older on January 1 of the year in which the rebate application is made; and
B. 
Such owner or owners have owned and resided upon the property for which relief is requested for a period of five consecutive years or more; and
C. 
All real estate taxes for the property for which relief is requested have been paid and no tax delinquency exists; and
D. 
The adjusted gross income of the applicant or applicants is either equal to or less than the "low income limits" established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, for the fiscal year preceding the year in which the application is made[1].
[Amended 12-12-2013 by Ord. No. O-7-2013]
[1]
Editor's Note: Low income limits are determined to be 80% of the median family income for the household, and is based on the total number of persons residing within the household.
For any rebate request:
A. 
Only one rebate shall be available for each applicant, regardless of the number of properties owned by the applicant;
B. 
The rebate shall only be available for the property which the applicant uses as their full time residence; and
C. 
The amount of the rebate is limited to the amount paid by the applicant in Township Real Property Taxes for the year in which the application is made.
Any person requesting a rebate shall make application for same on a form to be provided by the Township. Along with the application, the applicant shall provide:
A. 
A copy of the paid receipt for the Township Real Property Taxes for the year for which application is made; and
B. 
A copy of the applicant's deed for the property;
C. 
A copy of the applicant's United States Internal Revenue Service 1040 Form showing the applicant's adjusted gross income for the previous year or, if no return is filed due to disability, a copy of the year end statement, 1099 or other evidence of the amount received in benefits for the prior year.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: For an application made for a rebate of 2013 Township Real Property Taxes, the applicant would need to supply a copy of their 2012 Form 1040.
[Amended 12-12-2013 by Ord. No. O-7-2013]
Applications for rebates shall be submitted to the Township between May 15 and July 31 in the year for which the rebate is sought.
The rebate program referenced herein shall begin in 2014 and continue from year to year hereafter unless this article is repealed by action of the Board of Supervisors.