Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The deadline for elderly and disabled Pennsylvanians to apply for refunds on rent and property taxes paid in 2021 has been extended from June 30 to December 31, 2022, the Departments of Revenue and Aging announced today.
Applicants for the Property/Rent Tax Rebate Program are encouraged to file their claims online by visiting mypath.pa.gov. The Department of Revenue launched this online option to make it easier for Pennsylvanians who benefit from the program each year to submit their applications.
“So far this year, more than 41,000 Pennsylvanians have used myPATH to file their claims. This shows us that many of our customers find this online tool an easy way to ensure their claims are filed. transparently and processed as quickly as possible,” said Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell. “We hope other eligible applicants will take advantage of myPATH in the months ahead now that the program’s deadline has been passed. extended until the rest of the year.
“I encourage eligible seniors who have not yet requested to receive their reimbursement to do so as soon as possible. Governor Wolf has proposed a one-time bonus reimbursement which, if approved by the General Assembly, would double the amount of their reimbursement for For the average older adult living on a fixed income, this additional support would be very helpful, especially considering that we are paying so much more for almost everything these days,” the Secretary told the aging, Robert Torres.
Under Pennsylvania law, the annual deadline for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is June 30. However, the law requires the Department of Revenue to evaluate the program before the statutory deadline of June 30 to determine if funds are available to extend the deadline. To date, funding has been made available to allow all who qualify to benefit from the program, which means that the deadline can be extended until December 31 for the current year. Applications postmarked by December 31 will be accepted for processing.
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers aged 50 and over; and persons with disabilities aged 18 and over. 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.
When can you expect your refund?
Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1, as required by law. Here is some additional information to keep in mind:
- If you provide your phone number on your rent/property tax rebate application form or in the myPATH electronic application, you will receive an automated call from the Ministry of Revenue when your application is posted in the ministry’s processing system. You will also receive another automated call when your request is approved.
- The easiest way to check the status of your rebate is to use Where’s my rebate? tool. To check the status of your claim, you will need your:
Using myPATH to file your claim
Submitting your application online through mypath.pa.gov is easy and does not require you to create an account. Applicants will be asked to provide specific information about their income and rent/property taxes. Applicants should check the Property/Rent Tax Rebate Program Instruction Booklet to find out what information they will need to enter/upload to complete the process.
Applicants who still wish to file a paper application form can obtain Property/Rent Tax Refund Application Forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Ministry of Revenue website or by calling 1-888-222-9190.
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 can also visit the ministry’s online Customer Service Center to find helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.
Applicants must reapply for reimbursement each year, as reimbursements are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives, or estates can file claims on behalf of claimants who have lived at least one day in 2021 and meet all other eligibility criteria.
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.
About the Property/Rent Tax Rebate Program:
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.
In the 2020 claim year, the program distributed approximately $213 million to more than 440,000 eligible Pennsylvanians. Since its inception in 1971, the program has provided more than $7.3 billion to older and disabled adults across the Commonwealth. The property tax/rental rebate program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and slot game revenue.
Media contacts: Jeffrey Johnson, Revenue, [email protected]
Jack Eilber, Aging, [email protected]