|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program for tax year 2020 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.
Claimants are encouraged to file their rebate applications online by visiting www.mypath.pa.gov
. The Department of Revenue launched the online portal to make it easier for those who benefit from the program to submit their applications. Previously, all applicants were required to submit a paper application.
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.
Applicants are reminded that they need not pay someone to file the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as free assistance with filing them, are available at my district office. To schedule an appointment, please call 570-453-1344. Our office is located at 1 W. Broad St., Suite 100, in downtown Hazleton.
Rebate claim forms are also available online at www.revenue.pa.gov
, or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.
As specified by law, rebate distribution cannot begin until July 1. After June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed. Applications take four to six weeks to process.
Since the program’s inception in 1971, older adults and those with disabilities have received more than $6.8 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office