Pennsylvanians who qualify for a rebate on rent or property taxes paid in 2021 will be receiving a larger rebate than anticipated.
Under the recently signed Act 54, Pennsylvanians approved for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2021 are eligible to receive an additional one-time bonus rebate equal to 70 percent of their original rebate amount. Act 54 uses federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to provide additional support to Pennsylvanians who qualify for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Approximately $140 million in ARPA funding will fund the one-time bonus rebates. A qualifying claimant could receive a rebate of up to $1,657.50, up from a previous maximum of $975.
“As I said when I introduced this proposal, this is a commonsense way to deliver a portion of Pennsylvania’s federal COVID-19 relief funding to some of our most vulnerable residents across the commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said. “By using this money for a one-time infusion of funding for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, we can improve the lives of Pennsylvanians who are still recovering in many ways from the pandemic. Many of the Pennsylvanians who participate in this program are on a fixed income, and a boosted payment this year will help keep people in their homes during a time of rising inflation and higher costs.”
The Department of Revenue anticipates that bonus rebates will be mailed and sent via direct deposit starting in early September.
If a claimant has already received their rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2021, they will receive an additional bonus rebate in a one-time payment. The rebate will be delivered through the same method elected on the original application form (check or direct deposit).
Eligible claimants whose 2021 rebate applications are still being processed or have not yet submitted will receive a combined rebate (original + bonus) in a one-time payment through the same method elected on the original application form (check or direct deposit).
“We want claimants of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program to know that they do not need to take any additional action to receive their one-time bonus rebates,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “If you are a claimant who has already filed your application form for the 2021 claim year, the Department of Revenue will take care of everything on the back end to ensure you get the extra money you are entitled to.”
The processing of rebates and bonus rebates will continue through the end of the year as additional applications are received.
To check eligibility qualification, visit: https://revenue-pa.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/181/session/L3RpbWUvMTY1OTQ2Njg1MS9zaWQvb1dRcFJDTHA%3D
Applicants may also visit the department’s Online Customer Service Center to find helpful tips and answers to commonly asked questions about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.
Visit the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program page on the Department of Revenue’s website for more information on the program, including income limits and historical background.
Applying for a rebate is free for applicants. Free assistance is also 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. Eligible claimants of the Property/Tax Rent Rebate Program who have already applied (PA-1000) for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2021 do not need to take any further action.
Eligible claimants who have not yet applied are encouraged to do so before the deadline, Dec. 31, 2022. Eligible Pennsylvanians can apply online by visiting myPATH, the Department of Revenue’s online filing system.
Claimants may also find a paper application and instructions on the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program by visiting www.revenue.pa.gov/ptrr.