The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. (Photo by Amanda Berg for the Capital-Star).
The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s rent and property tax rebate program is right around the corner, offering financial assistance to eligible residents.
The program, which saw a one-time increase from lawmakers with the most recent state budget, aims to help older and disabled Pennsylvanians offset housing costs.
Here’s how to apply:
Who is eligible?
The program is open to Pennsylvanians 65 and older, widows and widowers aged 50 and older, and people with disabilities who are at least 18.
The annual income limit is $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters. Social Security benefits, for those who receive them, only count for half of your annual income, according to state guidelines.
How much is the rebate?
The rebate depends on whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, your annual income, and where you live.
Here are estimates from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue:
The funding boost signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf created a one-time bonus rebate — using $140 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act — equal to 70 percent of the original rebate amount for every applicant approved for rent or property taxes paid in 2021.
Where can I find the application?
When is the deadline to apply?
Eligible residents have until Dec. 31 to submit the application.
Need help with the application?
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