Harrisburg – Seniors and people with disabilities have until Friday, December 31, 2021 to apply for property tax refunds and rent paid in 2020.
The Departments of Income and Aging remind Pennsylvanians that discounts are available through the Property Tax / Rent Rebate Program, which benefits qualifying Pennsylvanians aged 65 and over; widows and widowers aged 50 and over; and people with disabilities aged 18 and over.
Eligible applicants are encouraged to visit mypath.pa.gov to electronically file their claims. This is the best way to ensure that your application is filed by the deadline later this month.
“We have done a lot of work in recent years to ensure that Pennsylvanians eligible for this program have an easy-to-use online deposit option,” said Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell. “We have already seen thousands of our residents take advantage of this online option this year. If you know of someone who might be eligible, encourage them to visit mypath.pa.gov to complete an application. We want to do all we can to make sure everyone who qualifies gets this life-saving help. “
“The Pennsylvania Department of Aging provides support and advocates for seniors to age in their homes and communities for as long as they can. With many seniors living on fixed incomes, the Property Tax / Rent Reimbursement Program is a great opportunity for them to receive additional financial assistance by recovering money from what they have paid each year. Aging Secretary Robert Torres said. “I encourage seniors who have not yet applied for their property tax / rent refund to do so as soon as possible and use the convenient online option of the Department of Revenue to file quickly. “
After checking the eligibility requirements, you can file your refund request online by visiting myPATH, the Ministry of Revenue’s user-friendly online filing system. Submitting your application via myPATH is simple and does not require an account creation. Online filing gives you instant confirmation that your application has been successfully filed. Applicants will also have access to automatic calculators and other useful features that are not available when filing a paper application. For those who wish to file on paper, they can download an app.
Qualified applicants should keep in mind that they will need to include the required documentation for property taxes or rent paid for the application year when filing their application. This information will be required whether you complete your application online or on paper.
The reimbursement request is free, and applicants are reminded that free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including district offices of the Department of Revenue, local aging agencies, senior citizens ‘centers and state legislators’ offices. Applicants should call or email ahead of time to determine if in-person appointments are offered.
Visit the Land Rent / Tax Reimbursement page on the Ministry of Revenue’s website for more information on the program and how to apply for a rebate. You can also use the Where’s my discount? Service. tool to check the status of your refund. To do this, you will need your social security number, your year of claim and your date of birth.
About the Property Tax and Rent Refund Program
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians aged 65 and over; 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 maximum standard discount is $ 650, but additional discounts for some qualifying owners may bring the discounts up to $ 975. The Department of Revenue automatically calculates additional discounts for eligible homeowners.
The Property Tax / Rent Reimbursement Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s inception in 1971, seniors and people with disabilities have received more than $ 7.1 billion in property tax and rent relief. The rebate program also receives funding from slot machine games.