Get Taxes, Rent Refunded by the State. Here’s How

HARRISBURG PA – Eligible residents in Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties have until Dec. 31 to apply for benefits from Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program, but why wait?, state Treasurer Stacy Garrity asks.

Her office as of Tuesday (Aug. 17, 2021) said it had distributed more than $142 million to recipients across the Commonwealth, and this year’s edition of the program has months to run before its ending deadline. Approved applicants started receiving payments July 1.

The program “has provided billions of dollars in property tax and rent relief since it began in 1971. With so many Pennsylvanians struggling to make ends meet, it’s more important than ever,” Garrity said. “Treasury is committed to sending out these payments as quickly as possible.” Payments will continue to be processed as applications are approved by the Department of Revenue, she added.

Rebates for property taxes or rents paid are targeted at state residents age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. Those applying must meet income and other guidelines. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, contact your state legislator, visit the PA Department of Revenue website, or call 888-222-9109.

On average the program benefits about 550,000 Pennsylvanians annually with about $250 million in rebate payments, Garrity said.. The maximum standard rebate amounts to $650.

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