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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

The Department of Revenue will start delivering rebates on May 20, 2020 for many Pennsylvanians who submitted applications through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for property taxes or rent paid in 2019. This action is the result of Governor Wolf working with members of the General Assembly and Treasurer Joe Torsella on legislation that provides needed financial support to claimants of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please keep in mind that the distribution of rebates by the Department of Revenue and Treasury will be very different than in prior years. Rather than a large distribution of rebates on July 1, rebates will be processed and distributed on a first-in-first-out basis. This gradual process means some claimants will receive their rebates earlier than others.

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. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. The rebate program also receives funding from slots gaming.

Homeowners receive:

IncomeMaximum Rebate
$0 to $8,000$650
$8,001 to $15,000$500
$15,001 to $18,000$300
$18,001 to $35,000$250

Renters receive:

IncomeMaximum Rebate
$0 to $8,000$650
$8,001 to $15,000$500

In addition, the law gives the following relief to seniors in most need:

  • Seniors who live in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Scranton, where local wage/income tax rates are very high, will not benefit from a local tax shift to lower taxes on top of the reduction offered by the state funded property tax relief. To ensure that seniors in these communities receive significant property tax relief, each senior household with income under $30,000 has its property tax rebate increase by an additional 50 percent.
  • In addition, property tax rebates are increased by an additional 50 percent for senior households in the rest of the state, so long as those households have incomes under $30,000 and pay more than 15 percent of income in property taxes.

Free Assistance

Property Tax/Rent Rebate application forms and assistance are available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.