REMINDER for older Pennsylvanians: Have YOU signed up for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program?

26 March 2024- The Department of Revenue (DOR) is reminding older Pennsylvanians and residents with disabilities that the application period remains open for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) program, which provides rebates on property taxes or rent paid during the prior year. Thanks to the work of Governor Josh Shapiro, the program’s income limits were raised this year to $45,000 for both homeowners and renters. The program’s maximum standard rebate has also increased to $1,000 — up from the prior $650 maximum. 

“Our staff has been hard at work helping eligible Pennsylvanians complete their rebate applications. We’ve delivered filing support over the phone, in our district offices, and by visiting senior and community centers across the state,” said Secretary of Revenue Pat Browne. “We’re excited to see that so many applicants have gotten an early jump on completing their applications. At the same time, those who are eligible and haven’t completed their applications still have plenty of time to do so. If you know someone who you think may qualify, encourage them to visit our website for further information.”

So far this year, DOR has already received roughly 209,000 PTRR applications. As of today, roughly 90 percent of those applications have been approved for payment. That means thousands of Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth will be receiving their rebates on July 1 or shortly thereafter, depending on whether they opted to receive their rebate through direct deposit or paper check. July 1 is the earliest date that rebates can be paid under Pennsylvania law. New or first-time filers should anticipate that it will take additional time to review their applications and process their rebates.  

About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
 
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. 
 
Rebates must be applied for every year as they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid during the prior year. The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30, 2024. 

Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1, 2024, as required by law. New or first-time filers should anticipate that it will take additional time to review their applications and process their rebates.  

When someone files for PTRR for the first time, DOR takes additional steps to verify the applicant’s information is accurate to prevent fraud and to ensure that rebates are going out only to those who are eligible. Specific examples of required documentation for first-time filers are listed in this year’s instruction booklet for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.