Pennsylvania Expands Property Tax and Rent Rebates, Offering Relief to Seniors and Disabled Residents

Governor Josh ShapiroCredit: Commonwealth Media Services

UPPER DARBY, PA — Governor Josh Shapiro and Secretary of Revenue Pat Browne announced that starting Monday, July 1, 2024, rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2023 will begin distribution as part of the expanded Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) program. The announcement, made yesterday at the Upper Darby Senior Center in Delaware County, marks a significant milestone in providing financial relief to older homeowners, renters, and people with disabilities across Pennsylvania.

Historic Expansion and Impact

This year’s initial distribution includes approximately 442,000 rebates totaling $266 million. This is a notable increase from last year’s distribution, which saw nearly $132 million in rebates issued to 283,468 homeowners and renters. The expansion of the PTRR program, signed into law by Governor Shapiro last year, has substantially widened the program’s reach and impact.

Governor Shapiro emphasized the importance of this expansion, stating, “As your Governor, I’ve traveled all across the Commonwealth, and I’ve heard firsthand from older Pennsylvanians about how they’re struggling with high costs, especially for people living on a fixed income. The Property Tax Rent Rebate program has long been a lifeline for Pennsylvanians – and in my first year, we expanded the PTRR program and passed the largest targeted tax cut for our seniors in nearly two decades.”

Who Benefits?

Thanks to the expansion, nearly 175,000 more Pennsylvanians are now eligible for the program. Notably, around 80,000 of these are first-time filers who were not eligible last year. The majority of those previously eligible will see increased rebate amounts, providing critical financial support amid rising living costs.

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How to Receive Rebates

Applicants who provided their bank account information will receive their rebates via direct deposit. Those who requested paper checks should expect their payments to arrive by mail. Following the initial distribution on July 1, rebates will continue to be processed and distributed as claims are received.

The deadline for older adults and individuals with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2023 has been extended to December 31, 2024. This extension offers ample time for eligible residents to submit their applications and benefit from the program.

Ensuring Timely Payments

The Department of Revenue has processed and approved 93% of PTRR applications for payment. The remaining claims require corrections or additional information. The Department encourages Pennsylvanians to respond promptly to any outreach to ensure timely approval and payment of their rebates.

Secretary Browne noted, “The additional resources we’ve allocated have allowed us to expedite processing and ensure that those in need receive their payments as quickly as possible.”

Community and Government Support

The announcement was made in the presence of key community figures such as Upper Darby Seniors Center Director Michael Maloney, President of the Delaware County Council Dr. Monica Taylor, and local resident Diane Henry. Their presence highlights the broad support and collaborative effort behind this initiative.

The Impact of PA’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

The expanded PTRR program is more than just financial aid; it represents a commitment to supporting vulnerable populations. For many seniors and disabled residents, these rebates can relieve financial stress and improve their quality of life. By easing the burden of property taxes and rent, the program helps ensure that older adults and people with disabilities can maintain their homes and independence.

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Additionally, this initiative showcases effective bipartisan cooperation, aiming to address real issues faced by constituents. Governor Shapiro’s administration demonstrates that collaborative efforts can lead to substantial benefits for the community.

The expanded Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is set to provide significant relief to over 442,000 Pennsylvanians. This initiative underscores the state’s commitment to its senior citizens and disabled residents, ensuring they receive the support needed to manage rising living costs. As the first round of rebates begins distribution, the program’s positive impact will be felt across the Commonwealth, offering much-needed financial stability to those who need it most.

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