Reminder: Deadline for the Property/Rent Tax Rebate Program is December 31 | Local/Regional

HARRISBURG – Seniors and people with disabilities have until Friday, Dec. 31 to apply for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2020. The Departments of Revenue and Aging remind Pennsylvanians that rebates are available through the discount on property taxes and rents. , which benefits eligible Pennsylvanians ages 65 and older, widows and widowers ages 50 and older, and persons with disabilities ages 18 and older.

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

“We’ve worked hard over the past few years to make sure Pennsylvanians eligible for this program have an easy-to-use online filing option,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “We have already seen thousands of our residents take advantage of this online option this year. If you know anyone who may be eligible, please encourage them to visit mypath.pa.gov to complete an application. We want to do everything we can to make sure everyone who is eligible receives this lifesaving help. »

“The Pennsylvania Department of Aging provides support and advocates for seniors to age in place and in their communities for as long as they can. With many seniors living on a fixed income, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is a great opportunity for them to receive additional financial assistance by getting money back on what they have paid each year. Aging Secretary Robert Torres said. “I encourage seniors who have not yet applied for their property/rent tax refund to do so as soon as possible and use the Ministry of Revenue’s convenient online option to file their application quickly.”

How to ApplyAfter verifying eligibility requirements, people can file their refund application online by visiting myPATH, the Department of Revenue’s easy-to-use online filing system. Submitting applications through myPATH is simple and does not require opening an account. Online filing provides instant confirmation that a claim has been successfully filed. Applicants will also have access to automatic calculators and other useful features not available when filing a paper application. For those who wish to file by paper, they can download an application.

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.

Claiming reimbursement is free, and applicants are reminded that free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local aging agencies, senior centers and offices of state legislators. Applicants should call or email ahead to determine if in-person appointments are available.

Visit the Property/Tax Rent Rebate page on the Department of Revenue’s website for more information about the program and how to apply for a rebate. People can also use the Where’s my discount? tool to check the status of a discount. To do this, applicants will need their social security number, year of application, and date of birth.

About the Property/Rent Tax Rebate Program

The reimbursement program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and persons with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 per year for owners and $15,000 per year for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

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 machine games.

Penny D. Jackson