Harrisburg, PA — Older adults and people with disabilities have until Sunday, December 31, 2023 to apply for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2022. The departments of Revenue and Aging are reminding Pennsylvanians that the rebates are available through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.
Eligible applicants are encouraged to visit mypath.pa.gov to electronically file their rebate applications. This is the best way to ensure that an application is filed prior to the deadline.
“We encourage all Pennsylvanians who are eligible for this program to apply — and to do so by filing online through myPATH. We have already seen more than 80,000 applicants take advantage of this online filing option this year,” said Secretary of Revenue Pat Browne. “This program is a lifeline every year for hundreds of thousands of people and helps many of them to stay in the comfort of their homes. We want to do everything that we can to ensure that everyone who is eligible receives this vital assistance.”
“The Department of Aging has heard from many older adults and our aging network partners across the Commonwealth that affordable housing for older adults is one of our greatest challenges. We want to see older adults remain in their homes and communities for as long as they are able. Programs like the popular Property Tax/Rent Rebate can help ease the burden of paying mortgage or rent along with the high costs of just about everything while putting money back into older adults’ pockets,” said Secretary of Aging Jason Kavulich. “I urge any older adult who may not have applied yet or who thinks they may not be qualified to reach out to their local Area Agency on Aging, senior center, or local state official to learn if they are eligible to receive a rebate before the end of the year.”
How to Apply
Submitting your application through myPATH is easy and does not require you to sign up for an account. Filing online gives you instant confirmation that your claim has been successfully filed. Applicants also will have access to automatic calculators and other helpful features that are not available when filing a paper application. For those who wish to file via paper, they can download an application.
2022 Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2023 to be considered. Qualified applicants should keep in mind that they will need to include the required documentation for property taxes or rent paid in 2022 when filing their applications. This information will be needed whether you’re filing online or on the paper application.
If you have already submitted an application for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2022, you do not need to take any further action. You can use the Where’s My Rebate? tool to check on the status of your rebate. To do this, you will need your Social Security number, claim year, and date of birth.
Visit the Property/Tax Rent Rebate page on the Department of Revenue’s website for further information on the program and its income limits.
As a reminder, applicants must reapply for rebates every year because rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid in each year. It’s free to apply for a rebate, and applicants are reminded that free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers, and state legislators’ offices.
About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Since its inception in 1971, the PTRR program has delivered more than $8 billion in property tax and rent relief to some of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents. The PTRR program is supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery and receives funding from gaming.
Starting next year, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program will be expanded to nearly 175,000 additional Pennsylvanians and the maximum standard rebate will be increased to $1,000 (up from $650). Governor Josh Shapiro recently signed into law a historic expansion of the program, making good on the commitment he made to Pennsylvania seniors, widows and widowers, and people with disabilities during his campaign and in his budget address to ease the burden of rising costs.
In January, the Department of Revenue will release additional information on how eligible Pennsylvanians can take advantage of the expanded program.