One-time bonus property tax/rent discounts to be distributed starting this week

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Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that thousands of elderly and disabled Pennsylvanians who have already received a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2021 will also receive a one-time bonus rebate starting this week. One-off premium discounts are granted to claimants of the Property/Rent Tax Rebate Program thanks to a proposal Governor Tom Wolf introduced earlier this year and recently signed into law.

“I am proud that bonus discounts are beginning to roll out this week to Pennsylvanians in need,” Governor Wolf said. “I offered these bonus discounts in February to help low-income Pennsylvanians deal with inflation and rising costs. For seniors in particular — many of whom are on fixed incomes — a bonus discount This year’s property tax/rent rebate program will be a game-changer.These bonus rebates will help seniors and disabled Pennsylvanians stay in their homes.

Under the new law, Pennsylvanians who are approved for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2021 will receive a one-time additional rebate equal to 70% of their original rebate amount. This means that the total amount an applicant will receive can be as high as $1,657.50 (up from a previous high of $975).

The Department of Revenue has already processed 361,042 one-time premium rebates for applicants who have been approved for rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2021. These applicants do not need to take any additional steps to secure their rebates. bonuses. Instead, they will automatically receive their one-time premium discounts by the same method (direct deposit or mailed paper check) that they received their original discounts earlier this year.

“While we initially said we expected one-time bonus discounts to be paid from September, we are extremely pleased to be ahead of schedule and ready to begin providing this much needed relief sooner than later. expected,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “At the same time, we are asking applicants who expect to receive a paper check in the mail to be patient. It will take several weeks to send out all the checks for the one-time bonus rebates, while those who chose direct deposit on their application forms should see their bonus rebates sooner. I also want to thank the Pennsylvania Treasury staff for working with us to ensure that the bonus discounts are distributed as quickly as possible. »

Governor Wolf’s plan to offer the one-time bonus discounts was designed to provide additional relief to some of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents still recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-time premium rebates are paid for with approximately $140 million in US Federal Bailout Act (ARPA) funding.

What do you need to do to receive a bonus rebate?

If you are an eligible applicant for the Property Tax and Rent Refund Program who has already filed a request (PA-1000) for a refund of property taxes or rent paid in 2021, you do not need to take a other measures. The Department of Revenue will take care of everything behind the scenes to ensure you receive your initial rebate and bonus rebate for the 2021 claim year.

For eligible applicants who have not yet applied, we encourage you to do so. Eligible Pennsylvanians can do so online by visiting my path, the Ministry of Revenue’s online filing system. Submitting your application via myPATH is easy and does not require you to register for an account (username/password). Applicants can also find a paper application and instructions for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program by visiting www.revenue.pa.gov/ptrr.

Answers to other frequently asked questions about unique bonus discounts are available by visiting Unique bonus discounts on the Ministry of Revenue website.

Process for Combined Rebate Payments (Original + Single Bonus)

There are Pennsylvanians whose refund requests for the 2021 claim year are still in process, meaning they are waiting to be approved for their original refunds (and one-time bonus refunds). If you are an applicant in this situation and your application is approved, you will receive a combined discount (original + one-time bonus) in one payment. You will receive your combined refund using the method you chose on your application form (cheque or direct deposit).

Those who have not yet submitted a claim for a refund of property taxes or rent paid in 2021 will also receive a combined payment if approved for a refund. The Ministry of Revenue encourages eligible candidates to submit their application as soon as possible.

Processing of discounts – and bonus discounts – will continue through the end of the year as new requests are received. The ministry will work as quickly as possible to ensure payment requests are processed in a timely manner. The deadline to apply for a refund of property taxes or rent paid in 2021 is December 31, 2022.

Reimbursement Production Assistance

Claiming reimbursement is free, and applicants are reminded that free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue District Offices, Local Aging Agencies, senior centers and offices of state legislators. Candidates can also visit the department Online Customer Service Center to find helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions about the Property/Rent Tax Rebate Program.

Visit the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Page on the Department of Revenue’s website for more information about the program, including income limits and historical background.

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