Older adults and people with disabilities have until Thursday, Dec. 31 to apply for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2019. The departments of Revenue and Aging are reminding Pennsylvanians that the rebates are available through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which has delivered more than $6.8 billion to eligible applicants since the program’s inception in 1971.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting many Pennsylvanians this year, it is especially important that all eligible applicants take advantage of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program,” said Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell. “Last claim year, this program delivered nearly $244 million to older and disabled Pennsylvanians throughout the commonwealth. If you know anyone who might be eligible, please encourage them to fill out an application so they can benefit from the program.”
“Most older Pennsylvanians want to age in place by staying in their homes for as long as they are able. Many of them live on fixed incomes, so they may benefit from the financial assistance provided by this program,” said Secretary of Aging Robert Torres. “The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is a great opportunity for seniors to get some money back on what they have paid out. I urge all older adults to take advantage of this program before the Dec. 31 deadline.”
After checking eligibility requirements, file your rebate application online by visiting myPATH – the Department of Revenue’s online filing system. This doesn’t require you to sign up for an account. Filing online gives instant confirmation that your claim has been successfully filed.
For those who wish to file via paper, download an application. Qualified applicants will need to include the required documentation for property taxes or rent paid for the claim year when filing their applications. This information will be needed whether you’re filing online or on the paper application.
It’s free to apply for a rebate, and applicants are reminded that free assistance is usually available at local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices. Applicants should call or email ahead to determine whether in-person appointments are being offered.
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