Harrisburg, Pa. — The Department of Revenue today announced approximately 425,000 older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities across Pennsylvania will be issued rebates totaling $201 million starting July 2, 2018 through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.
“Last year this program helped more than half-a-million older adults and other eligible Pennsylvanians obtain rebates for property taxes and rent paid in 2016,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “The department recently extended this year’s application deadline to December 31 so that applicants have more time to apply for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2017. We encourage everyone who is eligible to take advantage of the program.”
As specified by law, rebate distributions cannot begin until July 1. Because July 1 falls on a Sunday this year, rebates will distributed to applicants via direct deposit on July 2. Applicants who requested a paper check to be mailed to them should expect to receive their payment in the mail in early July. As a reminder, applicants are required to submit their bank account information on their application forms in order to receive their rebates through direct deposit.
After the initial distribution of rebates in early July, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed.
It costs nothing to apply for a rebate, and the department reminds applicants that free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.
Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.pa.gov by clicking on the “Where’s My Property Tax/Rent Rebate?” link. Claimants may also call, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES to check the status of their rebates.
Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue’s website or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.
About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program:
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.
Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.7 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.