Eligible individuals in Pennsylvania are now able to apply for property tax and rent rebates of up to $1,000. This new opportunity is available for hundreds of thousands of older adults and individuals with disabilities.
The announcement of Pennsylvania's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program being open was made by Governor Josh Shapiro on Tuesday. With bipartisan legislation signed into law last year, the maximum standard rebate has increased from $650 to $1,000.
For the first time since 2006, the income limits have been raised to $45,000, allowing nearly 175,000 more Pennsylvanians to qualify for the program. These income limits will now be tied to the cost of living to prevent residents from being excluded. In recent years, the program has only issued around 430,000 rebates, despite its previous capacity to deliver 600,000 annually, mainly due to unchanged income limits.
Acknowledging the concerns of seniors regarding surging prices, Shapiro's administration pledged to assist. He expressed that the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has long been crucial for senior citizens, especially those with fixed incomes. The expansion of the tax rebate to an additional 175,000 Pennsylvanians signifies bipartisan collaboration and effective action for the state.
Individuals who are 65 years or older, widows or widowers aged 50 and above, and adults with disabilities are eligible to benefit from the program. The rebate amount ranges from $380 to $1,000 based on income.
Pennsylvanians can conveniently apply online through myPATH. Furthermore, assistance is available at various locations, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers, and state legislators' offices.
The application deadline is June 30, and the distribution of rebates will commence on July 1.
For more information, individuals can visit the Department of Revenue's website or contact 1-888-222-9190.