Shapiro signs expansion of property tax rent and rebate program

With income caps raised, an additional 175,000 seniors will now be eligible

By: - August 4, 2023 4:51 pm

During a visit to the United Neighborhood Center in Scranton on Friday Aug. 4, 2023, Gov. Josh Shapiro signed an expansion of the Property Tax and Rent Rebate program. (Photo from Commonwealth Media Services)

Gov. Josh Shapiro on Friday signed into law an expansion of the property tax and rent rebate (PTRR) program, which will cover almost 175,000 more senior citizens, and double rebates for many of the nearly 400,000 people who already participate in the program.  

Friday marked the first time the program has been expanded since 2006. It raises the maximum rebate for seniors from $650 to $1,000, and raises the income cap for renters from $15,000 to $45,000 a year, and for homeowners from $35,000 to $45,000 per year.  

The expansion also ties the cap to increases in the cost of living, so that if a senior citizen’s Social Security payment gets a cost-of-living increase, it won’t disqualify them from the PTRR program. 

“When I traveled across the Commonwealth on my campaign last year, I heard firsthand from seniors who told me that we need to do more to help them keep up with rising prices,” Shapiro said in a statement. “After more than 17 years, this bill provides a crucial update to the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program that will finally ensure more of our seniors get the relief they need.” 

The bill had passed the Legislature with bipartisan support, but was delayed by the state budget impasse, which broke Thursday when the Senate returned to session and Shapiro signed the $45.5 billion budget.

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.

Kim Lyons
Kim Lyons

Kim is a veteran western Pennsylvania journalist who has covered people and trends in politics and business for local and national publications.