The deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2018 has been extended from June 30 to December 31st, 2019, the Department of Revenue announced earlier this month.
“Last year nearly 572,000 seniors and people with disabilities benefited from the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “We are extending the deadline again this year because we want to be sure everyone who is eligible has time to submit their applications.”
Each year the Department of Revenue evaluates the program as the statutory June 30th application deadline approaches to determine if funds are available to extend the deadline.
To date, funding has been available to allow all who qualify to benefit from the program.
As of June 1st, the department had received 432,411 rebate applications.
As specified by law, rebate distributions cannot begin until July 1st.
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.
Distribution of rebates starts July 1st and eligible Pennsylvanians are encouraged to apply as soon as they can.
After June 30th, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed.
Applications typically take 6-8 weeks to process.
“This program delivered more than $253 million to income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities who applied for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2017,” Hassell said. “We want everyone to know that our staff is here to assist Pennsylvanians with their applications so that they can benefit from the program.”
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.
It’s free 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 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Status online or call toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.
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.
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 $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief.
The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.