If you have not filed already, there is still time to file for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program. The deadline has been extended for eligible Pennsylvania residents from June 30th until December 31, 2022. The Treasury Department has determined that there are enough funds to pay all eligible persons, which is why they have extended the deadline this year. (See: Extended Deadline for Rebate Applications)
In addition, Pennsylvania’s approved for the property tax and rent rebate are eligible for a one-time additional payment. The amount of the bonus payment is 70% of the original amount. Those who applied by June 30th have likely received their bonus payment already, but check or direct deposit. (See: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-dont-miss-last-chance-to-apply-for-property-tax-rent-rebate-program-and-bonus-rebate/#:~:text=On%20top%20of%20the%20annual,of%20their%20original%20rebate%20amount). If you or someone you know pays rent or property taxes and has not applied for this program, please let them know that help is available but the deadline is December 31, 2022.
The maximum standard rebate is $650.00, but individual amounts will vary. The program benefits Pennsylvanians ages 65 and older; widows and widowers ages 50 and older; and people with disabilities ages 18 and older. The income limit is no more than $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters during the 2021 year. When calculating income, only half of the annual Social Security income is included.
You can apply online at https://mypath.pa.gov/_/ or submit a paper application. If you need help, you should reach out to your local representative’s office or county area agency on aging. You will need to upload or mail in copies of some documents, including income, property tax or rental information, so it is a good idea to review the list of documents needed. For renters, you will need to submit a PA Rent Certificate, either signed by your landlord, or completed by you with an Occupancy Affidavit and a reason the landlord’s signature could not be obtained. (See: https://www.revenue.pa.gov/FormsandPublications/FormsforIndividuals/PTRR/Documents/2021_pa-1000_inst.pdf)
Last year, $213 million dollars in rebate money was distributed, and given the rising costs this year, we want to make sure all eligible persons or households apply for and receive their rebate.