HARRISBURG — Elderly and disabled Pennsylvanians can now apply for rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2022, the Treasury Department said. This assistance is available through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which has delivered more than $7.6 billion to eligible Pennsylvanians since the program began in 1971.
Eligible applicants are encouraged to visit mypath.pa.gov to submit their applications electronically. The Treasury Department is offering this online filing option to make it easier for the nearly 450,000 Pennsylvanians who benefit from the program each year to submit their applications.
“This important program is helping older adults and Pennsylvanians with disabilities pay their bills and stay home — so the Shapiro administration is exploring the best ways to scale up that impact. Filing online via myPATH is easy and saves you a trip to the mailbox. ‘ said Acting Treasury Secretary Pat Browne. “If you know anyone who may be eligible for a rebate, please encourage them to check their eligibility status and apply online if they qualify. We want to do everything in our power to ensure that every beneficiary receives the vital support that this program provides.”
After reviewing the eligibility requirements, you can submit your rebate request online by visiting mypath.pa.gov. Submitting your application through myPATH is easy and does not require you to sign up for an account.
Applicants will be asked to provide specific information about their income and rent/property tax. Applicants should read the Property Tax/Rent Refund Program Instruction Booklet to learn what information they need to enter/upload to complete the process.
There are many advantages to using the electronic option available through mypath.pa.gov, including:
3 Fast processing and direct deposit options
3 The Where’s My Discount? Tool to track the status of a claim online
3 Error-Reducing Automatic Calculators
3 Immediate confirmation that your application has been submitted
3 security features to ensure your confidential information is safe
Applicants must reapply for the rebates each year as the rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives, or estates may file refund claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2022 and meet all other eligibility requirements.
Applicants who still wish to submit a paper application form can obtain Property Tax/Rent Refund Application Forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Treasury Department website or by calling 1-888-222-9190.
It is free to apply for a discount and applicants are reminded that free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including district Treasury Department offices, local aging offices, senior citizen centers and state legislature offices.
For more information about the program, visit the Property/Tax Rent Rebate page on the Department of Revenue’s website.
When can you expect your discount?
The discounts required by law will be distributed from July 1st. Here is additional information to keep in mind:
l If you provide your phone number on your Property Tax/Rent Refund Application Form or myPATH electronic application, you will receive an automated call from the Treasury Department when your application is posted in the Department’s processing system. You will also receive another automated call if your claim is approved.
The easiest way to check the status of your discount is to use the Where’s My Discount tool. To check the status of your application you will need your: social security number, year of application, date of birth.
About the Property Tax/Rent Refund Program
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians ages 65 and older; widows and widowers aged 50 and over; and people with disabilities aged 18 and over. The income limit is $35,000 per year for homeowners and $15,000 per year for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
The standard maximum discount is $650, but additional discounts for certain eligible homeowners can increase the discounts to $975. The Treasury automatically calculates additional rebates for eligible homeowners. Rebates are funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and slot machine proceeds.
Bonus discount reminder
During the previous claim year, beneficiaries received a one-time bonus refund on property taxes or rent paid in 2021. In accordance with Law 54 of 2022, the one-time bonus refund was equal to 70 percent of each beneficiary’s original refund amount. As a reminder, there will be no Bonus Refunds under the Property Tax/Rent Refund Program this year.
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