Deadline Approaching: PA Property Tax Refund

Harrisburg, Pa. (WKBN) – Seniors and people with disabilities have until Dec. 31 to apply for refunds on property taxes and rent paid in 2020.

The Departments of Income and Aging remind Pennsylvanians that refunds are available through the Property/Rent Tax Rebate Program, which benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers aged 50 and over and disabled people aged 18 and over.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to visit electronically file their claims for reimbursement. This is the best way to ensure your application is filed before the deadline later this month.

Online filing gives you instant confirmation that your application has been successfully filed. For those who wish to file on paper, they can download an app.

Qualified applicants should keep in mind that they will need to include required documentation for property taxes or rent paid for the year of application when filing their applications. This information will be required whether you are filing online or on paper application.

Applicants should call or email ahead to determine if in-person appointments are available.

Visit the Rent/Property Discount Page on the Ministry of Revenue website for more information on the program and how to apply for a rebate.

You can also use the Where is my refund? tool to check the status of your refund.

Maximum standard rebate is $650, but additional rebates for certain qualifying owners may increase rebates to $975. The Ministry of Revenue automatically calculates additional refunds for qualifying homeowners.

The Property/Rent Tax Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s inception in 1971, older adults with disabilities have received more than $7.1 billion in property taxes and rent relief.

The rebate program also receives funding from slot games.

Penny D. Jackson