For older and disabled Pennsylvanians, now is the time to apply to the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program. This program covers property taxes or rent paid in 2022, and since it’s inception in 1971 the program has provided over 7.6 billion dollars to eligible Pennsylvanians.
Applicants must reapply for rebates every year because rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid in each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2022 and meet all other eligibility criteria. Those who still wish to file a paper application form may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue’s website or by calling 1-888-222-9190. It’s free to apply for a rebate, and applicants are reminded 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.
So you get the rebate, but when does it actually arrive?
Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1, as required by law. Here is additional information to keep in mind:
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. Rebates are funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
During the prior claim year, eligible claimants received a one-time bonus rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2021. Authorized by Act 54 of 2022, the one-time bonus rebate was equal to 70 percent of each eligible claimant’s original rebate amount. As a reminder, there will not be any bonus rebates this year as part of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.