If you applied for a Property Tax/Rent Rebate from PA, expect that money to get to you very soon

01 July 2024- Today marks the start of the new fiscal year for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. While that doesn’t, in fact, mean a new budget, it does mean that some previously made changes and monetary disbursements go into effect today. One key chunk of change flowing from the state of Pennsylvania is the money for seniors that applied and were granted a Property Tax/Rent Rebate checks.

The state says that if you chose direct deposit, those funds will be transferred to that account very soon. If you chose a check option, those will be sent out today and received by you in the main shortly after.

This initial distribution includes over 442,000 rebates totaling $266 million – critical relief that is going to older homeowners, renters, and people with disabilities across Pennsylvania. This is a significant increase from last year, when 283,468 homeowners and renters were issued rebates totaling nearly $132 million as part of the initial distribution.

Pennsylvanians who submitted their bank account information on their application forms will receive their rebates through direct deposit. Pennsylvanians who requested a paper check to be mailed to them should expect to receive their payment in the mail.

After the initial distribution of rebates starting today, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed. Governor Shapiro also recently announced that the deadline for older adults and Pennsylvanians with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2023 has been extended to December 31, 2024.

The Department of Revenue (DOR) has already processed and approved 93% of PTRR applications for payment. The remaining claims yet to be approved either have errors or may require more information – if you receive outreach from DOR, Pennsylvanians are encouraged to respond as soon as possible in order to get their application approved so they can receive their rebate in a timely manner.

“One of the prime reasons why the Governor’s leadership was really important on this – working with Senator Flynn and the rest of General Assembly – is the losses over the last 20 years have been significant, because for 20 years the program wasn’t adjusted,” said Secretary Pat Browne. “That was unacceptable to Governor Shapiro and because of his leadership, the number of seniors getting relief will be up to over 550,000 seniors once again.”

“I applaud Governor Shapiro for leading this historic expansion of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, the largest targeted tax cut for seniors in nearly two decades,” said U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08). “Thanks to the Governor’s dogged efforts, and with bipartisan support, the Shapiro administration is providing meaningful relief to seniors right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

“I came into office as a state representative back in 2013 – and year in and year out, I would see people come into my office about the rent rebate and I would see them miss qualifying for the rebate by $20, by $100. This is probably one of the first times where I felt like we’ve really accomplished something to change people’s lives,” said Senator Marty Flynn. “It was no easy lift, as the Governor could tell you, but we actually got it done with common sense, knowing that that people are struggling day in and day out. It’s great to be with the Governor to see our tax dollars at work – and let’s not forget, this $260 million is going back into the economy because this money is going to be spent by Pennsylvanians in Pennsylvania, and that’s going to help stimulate the economy.”

For too long, our seniors struggled to keep up with their property taxes and rent. And for too long, politicians only talked about helping them out,” said Representative Kyle Mullins. “But thanks to the leadership of Gov. Shapiro and area legislators, more money is now going back into the pockets of many more senior citizens who deserve and need it. Today is a proud day for Pennsylvania.”

PTRR Eligibility/How to File

The PTRR program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The table below shows how much homeowners and renters who fit this criteria are eligible for, depending on their income:

$0 – $8000$1,000
$8,001 – $15,000$770
$15,001 – $18,000$460
$18,001 – $45,000$380

Submitting your application through myPATH is easy and does not require you to sign up for an account. Filing online gives you instant confirmation that your claim has been successfully filed. Applicants also will have access to automatic calculators and other helpful features that are not available through the paper application. Other application resources include:

  • An online Spanish application on myPATH for Spanish-speaking applicants.
  • Free application and assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state: DOR district officeslocal Area Agencies on Aging, and state legislators’ offices.
  • new lookup tool – created by DOR and the Commonwealth Office of Digital Experience (CODE PA) – on DOR’s website to help applicants find in-person assistance in their communities.
  • To check the status of your rebate, use the Where’s My Rebate? tool. To check on the status of your claim, you will need your Social Security number, claim year, and date of birth. You must reapply for a rebate every year as they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid during the prior year.

For more information and to access PTRR forms/instructions, visit pa.gov/ptrr or call 1-888-222-9190 for assistance and click here to view the new lookup tool to find in-person assistance.