Pennsylvanians who qualify for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2021 will receive a one-time bonus

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that older Pennsylvanians and Pennsylvanians with disabilities who qualify for a rebate on rent or property taxes paid in 2021 will receive even more money this year than they expected . A proposal to provide one-time premium discounts to property tax/rent rebate program applicants recently came into effect when Governor Wolf signed into law Law 54 of 2022.

Under the new law, Pennsylvanians who are approved for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2021 will receive a one-time additional rebate equal to 70% of their original rebate amount. This means that the total amount an applicant will receive can be as high as $1,657.50 (up from a previous high of $975).

Governor Wolf made these one-time bonus discounts possible by introducing a proposal earlier this year that called for using funds from the U.S. Federal Bailout Act (ARPA) to provide additional support to Pennsylvanians who benefit from the bailout program. property/rental tax refund. Approximately $140 million in ARPA funding will be used to fund one-time bonus discounts.

“As I said when I presented this proposal, this is a sensible way to provide a portion of Pennsylvania’s federal COVID-19 relief funding to some of our most vulnerable residents across the country. Commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “By using this money for a one-time funding injection for the property tax/rent rebate program, we can improve the lives of Pennsylvanians who are still recovering in many ways from the pandemic. Many Pennsylvanians who participate in this program are on fixed incomes, and an increased payment this year will help people stay home during a time of rising inflation and higher costs.

“We want property/rent tax rebate program claimants to know that they don’t need to take any additional steps to receive their one-time bonus refunds,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “If you are a claimant who has already filed your claim form for the 2021 claim year, the Department of Revenue will take care of everything behind the scenes to make sure you get the extra money you are entitled to. . If you are an eligible Pennsylvanian who has not yet applied, there is still plenty of time to do so. The application deadline was recently extended to December 31, 2022.”

When will the bonus discounts be distributed?

The Ministry of Revenue anticipates that premium rebates will begin to be sent by mail and direct deposit in early September.

  1. Starting in mid-August, if you are an applicant who has already received your initial rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2021, you will receive your additional rebate in one payment. The rebate will be remitted by the same method (cheque or direct deposit) that you chose on your original application form.
  2. In mid-August, if you are (a) an eligible claimant whose 2021 refund application is still in process; or (b) an eligible claimant who has not yet submitted your 2021 rebate application form, you will receive a combined rebate (original + bonus) in one payment. You will receive your combined rebate by the same method you chose on your original application form (cheque or direct deposit).

Processing of discounts – and bonus discounts – will continue through the end of the year as new requests are received. The ministry will work as quickly as possible to ensure payment requests are processed in a timely manner.

What do you need to do to receive your bonus cash back?

If you are an eligible applicant for the Property Tax and Rent Refund Program who has already filed a request (PA-1000) for a refund of property taxes or rent paid in 2021, you do not need to take a other measures. The Department of Revenue will take care of everything behind the scenes to ensure you receive your initial rebate and bonus rebate for the 2021 claim year.

For eligible applicants who have not yet applied, we encourage you to do so. Eligible Pennsylvanians can do so online by visiting myPATH, the Department of Revenue’s online filing system. Submitting your application via myPATH is easy and does not require you to register for an account (username/password). Applicants can also find a paper application and instructions for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program by visiting www.revenue.pa.gov/ptrr.

Answers to other frequently asked questions about Unique Bonus Discounts are available by visiting Unique Bonus Discounts on the Department of Revenue website.

Claiming reimbursement is free, and applicants are reminded that free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local aging agencies, senior centers and offices of state legislators. Applicants can also visit the ministry’s online Customer Service Center to find helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

Visit the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program page on the Department of Revenue’s website for more information about the program, including income limits and historical background.

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