West Chester, Pa (December 20, 2022) – Eligible Chester County senior citizens and individuals with disabilities have until the end of the month to apply for the Pennsylvania Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program, state Senator Carolyn Comitta said.
In addition, this year’s rebate, for taxes paid in 2021, includes a one-time bonus equal to 70 percent of the original rebate amount. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2022.
“This year it’s extra important for eligible senior citizens and residents with disabilities to apply for the Property Tax and Rent Rebate since bonus rebates are automatically included,” Comitta said. “Remember, applying is free and my staff can assist you with completing the application or any questions you may have. Don’t wait until it’s too late. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.”
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. And thanks to this year’s state budget, which Comitta supported and voted for, the one-time bonus will be given to all eligible applicants.
For example, a claimant who received the maximum standard rebate of $650 for the 2021 claim year will receive an additional one-time bonus rebate of $455 (70% of the original rebate) for a total of $1,105.
Claimants do not need to take any additional action to receive their one-time bonus rebates. They will be distributed through the same method (check or direct deposit) that claimants opted to receive their original rebates.
Supported through the Pennsylvania Lottery, the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program has provided more than $7.3 billion in property tax and rent relief to seniors and disabled adults since its inception in 1971. This year’s bonus rebates are supported with approximately $140 million in the federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.
For the tax year 2020, 6,068 Chester County residents applied for the rebate receiving more than $2.9 million in total.
To apply, residents must provide proof of income (W2, 1099 form, Social Security Statements), age, disability (if applicable), and the receipt for taxes paid taxes paid (for homeowners) or rent paid (for renters).
The application is free, and residents can apply online through mypath.pa.gov or by completing the PA-1000 paper application form.
If you’ve already submitted your application, you can also track the status of your rebate, using the Where’s my PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate feature.
For more information on the program visit the Department of Revenue’s website at www.revenue.pa.gov or contact Senator Comitta’s office at 610-692-2112.