The deadline for older and disabled Pennsylvanians to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2021 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, the departments of Revenue and Aging announced.
Claimants of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are encouraged to file their rebate applications online at mypath.pa.gov. Applicants who still wish to file a paper application form may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) on the Department of Revenue’s website or by calling 1-888-222-9190. It’s free to apply for a rebate. Free assistance is available at Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.
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. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
Applicants 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 2021 and meet all other eligibility criteria.
“I encourage eligible seniors who have not yet applied to receive their rebate to please do so as soon as possible,” said Secretary of Aging Robert Torres. “Gov. Wolf has proposed a one-time bonus rebate that, if approved by the General Assembly, would double the amount of their rebate for this filing period. For the average older adult living on a fixed income, this extra support would be very helpful, especially when you consider that we are paying so much more for nearly everything these days.”