The Department of Revenue compiles a report each year to provide a statistical overview of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. This report contains several different data points, including the number of rebates claimed by each county, the amount of those rebates, and the breakdown between property owner and renter claims.
This year, the report on 2017 claims has been supplemented with a new interactive map to show the statistics for each county. By choosing a county in a dropdown list or by choosing the county on the map, taxpayers can see the specific data points for a particular county.
The interactive map, as well as a link to the report, can be found here.
About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program:
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Department of Revenue automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.
Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program's 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
The Department of Revenue is reminding Pennsylvanians to be cautious of a scam targeting people who receive rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The department recently received information that the scam consists of unsolicited telephone calls from a person claiming to work for the Department of Revenue.