Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed HB1076 which authorizes the early distribution of Property Tax / Rent Rebates.  The Governor and Treasurer Joe Tersella announced today that the rebates, the majority of which are usually issued on July 1, would be issued on a first-in-first-out basis beginning tomorrow.  Claimants can check the status of their claim by automated telephone system or online.

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 credit is eliminated at $35,000 of annual income for homeowners and $15,000 for renters; half of Social Security income is excluded.  Supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Department of Revenue automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners which can boost the credit to $975.  Additional information on that calculation can be found HERE.

The maximum credit amount is shown below at varying levels of income:

HOMEOWNERSMAXIMUM STANDARD 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 
$0 to $8,000 $650
$8,001 to $15,000$500

The deadline to apply has been extended from June 30 to December 31, 2020.

Applicants who included their bank account information on their Property Tax/Rent Rebate application form (PA-1000) will receive their rebates through direct deposit. Applicants who requested a paper check to be mailed to them should expect to receive their payment in the mail.

The PA Department of Revenue is asking claimants to keep in mind that its main call centers are operating in a limited capacity due to efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Claimants can check the status of their claim HERE.  Additional methods to check the status of a claim can be found HERE.

If you have not yet filed your Rebate application, the Department of Revenue is offering help for those who need it. Eligible claimants are encouraged to call 1-888-222-9190 for guidance. Please keep in mind that department staff will work as quickly as possible to help claimants with their applications.

Applicants are encouraged to obtain the Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim form (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue’s website.

Please contact our COVID19 response team with questions or issues at cares@brinkersimpson.com.

Source: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-treasurer-torsella-announce-property-tax-rent-rebates-arriving-early-to-help-seniors-others-during-covid-19-pandemic/