How to Get a Property Tax Rebate. Some state governments offer property tax relief programs that provide tax rebates to certain residents based on income and a few other relevant factors. If you would like to be considered for a property tax rebate, you should do your best to gain a good understanding of the eligibility requirements for these programs and begin your application process as soon as possible.
Expect to receive a standardized amount for your property tax rebate. Generally, all homeowners in the same state receive the same amount for their property tax rebates, unless the standardized amount itself is less than amount they were required to pay in property taxes. These people will usually receive a rebate equal to their full payment, though these cases do not occur often.
Make sure that your personal income does not exceed the limit allowed in order to be eligible to get a property tax rebate. In most states, the income limit takes into consideration the income of both the property owner and her spouse for the current tax year.
Check with your state tax office to see whether you are already automatically designated to get a rebate based on receiving one during the previous year. In most cases, if you have not moved from the property you received a rebate for and have paid your property taxes in full for the previous year, you will automatically receive a rebate check without needing to fill out an application.
Certify that the property related to the property tax rebate you are applying for is your primary residence, something that is a requirement for most property tax rebate programs. If you own only one property and you live in it, this property is considered your primary residence. If you own more than one property or home, your primary residence is considered to be the home where you live the majority of each year, or where you are registered to vote or have your driver's license.
Apply for the tax rebate before the deadline in order to make sure you get the tax rebate in a timely manner. Generally, the sooner you apply to this type of tax relief program, the sooner you are likely to receive the rebate check. Even submitting an application in the days immediately prior to the deadline date will usually result in a significantly longer waiting period.
Keep in mind that you may be required to pay taxes on the property tax rebate itself. Talk to a tax consultant about how to handle this when filing your taxes.