Application deadline extended to December 31 for property tax/rent rebate program – GantNews.com
HARRISBURG — 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 Monday.
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 reimbursement claims. It shows us that many of our customers find this online tool an easy way to ensure their claims are filed seamlessly and processed as quickly as possible,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said.
“We hope other eligible applicants will take advantage of myPATH in the months ahead, now that the program deadline has been extended through the rest of the year.”
“I encourage eligible seniors who have not yet applied for their refund to do so as soon as possible. Governor Wolf has proposed a one-time bonus refund that, if approved by the General Assembly, would double their refund amount for this deposit period. For the average senior living on a fixed income, this extra support would be very helpful, especially considering we are paying so much more for almost everything these days,” Aging Secretary Robert Torres said.
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 telephone number on your property/rent tax rebate application form or in the my path 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 remittance is to use the Where is my refund? tool. To check the status of your claim, you will need your:
- Social Security number
- Year of application
- Date of Birth
Using myPATH to file your claim
Submit your application online via mypath.pa.gov is easy and does not require you to register for 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 Agenciessenior centers and offices of state legislators.
Candidates can also visit the department Online Customer Service Center to find helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions about the Property/Rent Tax 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.