442,000 PA seniors to start getting their property tax and rent rebates in the mail

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Gov. Josh Shapiro speaking at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple in Scranton, Pa. prior to President Joe Biden delivering his tax fairness address on April 16, 2024. (Photo: Sean Kitchen)

By Sean Kitchen

June 25, 2024

Gov. Josh Shapiro announced on Monday that 442,000 Pennsylvania seniors will start getting their property tax and rent rebates as part of the expanded Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.

Over 442,000 Pennsylvania seniors who applied for their rebate from the Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) program will see their checks arriving in the mail shortly after July 1, 2024. 

Gov. Josh Shapiro expanded the rebate program in last year’s budget for the first time in nearly twenty years and it has nearly doubled the amount of applicants from this time last year. 

“The Property Tax RentRebate 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,” Shapiro said in a statement.

“As a result of that expansion, rebates will begin going out to more than 442,000 Pennsylvanians all across the Commonwealth – including to 80,000 first-time filers who weren’t eligible last year – starting next Monday.”

The Shapiro administration announced on Monday that it is distributing 442,000 rebates totaling $266 million to eligible residents. This time last year, the commonwealth sent 283,468 rebates totaling $132 million to eligible homeowners and renters. 

“I’ve been a poll worker for 10 years here, and I’m committed to the Upper Darby community. This is my third year in my house receiving a rent rebate,” Diane Henry said in a statement. 

“This will help me to buy different things for my house and for my family room, like a living room set, and this ultimately helps me to support my family and make ends meet by paying our bills. I appreciate this program helping us to stay in and enjoy living in our home.”

The expansion increased rebates for eligible residents from $650 to $1,000 and increased the income limits for homeowners and renters to $45,000. 

Eligible residents include those over the age of 65, widows or widowers over the age of 50 and disabled residents over the age of 18, and they are encouraged to apply through the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s website, mypath.pa.gov

Homeowners and renters who are eligible for the program can receive the following rebates based on their income:

  • Residents making $0 to $8,000 are eligible for a rebate up to $1,000
  • Residents making $8,001 to $15,000 are eligible for a rebate up to $770
  • Residents making $15,001 to $18,000 are eligible for a rebate up to $460
  • Residents making $18,001 to $45,000 are eligible for a rebate up to $380

 

Author

  • Sean Kitchen

    Sean Kitchen is the Keystone’s political correspondent, based in Harrisburg. Sean is originally from Philadelphia and spent five years working as a writer and researcher for Pennsylvania Spotlight.

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