– Application forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018, Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) announced today. The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30.
“Many seniors and folks with disabilities in the 101st District obtain rebates on the rent or property taxes they paid the previous year,” Ryan said. “If you qualify, this is money that you are entitled to and I encourage everyone who is eligible to apply.”
Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information at the Department of Revenues website, revenue.pa.gov
, or by calling 1-888-222-9190.
“Applying for the rebate is free, and my office offers free assistance to fill out and file the applications,” Ryan said. “Even if you applied for a rebate last year, you must file again this year since the rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid in each year. Also, spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria.”
Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1, as required by law. More than $252.6 million in property tax and rent rebates have been sent to more than 527,000 homeowners and renters across the state for property taxes and rent paid in 2017.
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 its inception in 1971, more than $6.9 billion has been paid to qualified applicants through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
The easiest way to check the status of a rebate claim is to visit the dedicated website that the Department of Revenue maintains at doreservices.state.pa.us/Individual/RebateDefault.htm
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program claim forms (PA-1000s) are loaded into the Department of Revenue’s processing system in late April. There will be no information available on a claim until that time.
Representative Frank Ryan
101st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Charles Lardner