Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

Property Tax/Rent Rebate application forms and assistance are available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.

The deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. "The department has extended the program deadline to ensure eligible applicants have time to apply for the tax relief they’re owed," Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser said. "About 600,000 older Pennsylvanians and residents with disabilities are expected to benefit from the program."

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 qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

Homeowners:

IncomeMaximum Rebate
$0 to $8,000$650
$8,001 to $15,000$500
$15,001 to $18,000$300
$18,001 to $35,000$250

Renters:

IncomeMaximum Rebate
$0 to $8,000$650
$8,001 to $15,000$500

In addition, the law gives even more tax relief to the seniors in most need:

* Seniors who live in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Scranton, where local wage/income tax rates are very high, will not benefit from a local tax shift to lower taxes on top of the reduction offered by the state funded property tax relief. To ensure that seniors in these communities receive significant property tax relief, each senior household with income under $30,000 has its property tax rebate increase by an additional 50 percent.

* In addition, property tax rebates are increased by an additional 50 percent for senior households in the rest of state, so long as those households have incomes under $30,000 and pay more than 15 percent of income in property taxes.

Each year the department evaluates the program as the statutory June 30 application deadline approaches to determine if funds are available to extend the deadline. To date, funding has been available to allow all who qualify to take advance of this tax relief.

It costs nothing to apply for a rebate. In response to continued inquiries regarding fee-based application filing services offered privately, the department reminds residents that free application 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.

Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.

Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online or by calling, toll-free, 1-724-216-6551.