Forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for 2019 rebates are now available the Department of Revenue announced earlier this week.
“More than half a million seniors and people with disabilities save on the rent or property taxes they paid by receiving a rebate through this program,” said Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell.
“We want to encourage everyone who is eligible to apply so that they can benefit from the program,” Hassle said.
Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue’s website or by calling 1-888-222-9190.
It’s free to apply for a rebate, and the department reminds applicants free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.
Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid in each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2019 and meet all other eligibility criteria.
Eligible participants of the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2019. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.
Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50% of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:
- $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
- $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
- $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).
- $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).
Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at no cost. Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims. The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30.
More than $255 million in property tax and rent rebates were sent to almost 532,000 homeowners and renters across the state for property taxes and rent paid in 2017. This is the most recent data available for a full calendar year.
Since its inception in 1971, an estimated $6.8 billion has been paid to qualified applicants through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
“One of the most important jobs that we have at the Department of Revenue is processing applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program,” Hassell said. “We take a lot of pride in helping people who rely upon the rebates they receive. Please visit our website or give us a call if you need help with your application.”