HARRISBURG – (June 11, 2021) Sen. Michele Brooks reminds eligible seniors that there’s still time to submit an application for the Lottery-funded Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. The June 30 deadline has been extended until Dec. 31, 2021.
“More than half a million senior citizens, widows, widowers, and people with disabilities traditionally benefit from the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program every year,” Sen. Brooks said. “By giving eligible residents another six months to apply, we can better ensure that everyone who is eligible has time to apply.”
Applicants may obtain claim forms (PA-1000) and related information at Sen. Brooks’ district offices in Greenville, Meadville and Edinboro. Assistance with the form is also available at no cost to you in these offices. Office hours and location details are listed on her website at www.senatorbrooks.com. Applicants can also file online at www.mypath.pa.gov.
Applicants who have already filed their forms for rent or taxes paid in 2020 should expect to receive their payment in the mail in early July. As a reminder, for applicants who wish to receive their checks via direct-deposit, bank account information must be included on their application forms.
After June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed. Applications typically take four to six weeks to process.
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.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Department of Revenue automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.
Since the program’s inception in 1971, older adults and those with disabilities have received approximately $6.8 billion in relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
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