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To help older and disabled Pennsylvanians, Department of Revenue addresses common questions about Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

02/22/2018

Harrisburg, Pa. — Now that application forms are available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is offering some helpful tips to address commonly asked questions about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

  1. What is the easiest way to determine the status of my Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program claim?

    The easiest way to check the status of your rebate claim is to visit the dedicated website that the Department of Revenue maintains — Where’s My PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate? You will need your social security number, claim year and date of birth to check the status of your claim.
     
  2. Will filing my Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim early help me receive my rebate faster?

    No. By law, rebates cannot be mailed prior to July 1, the start of the fiscal year.
     
  3. When will my claim be processed by the Department of Revenue?

    Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program claim forms (PA-1000s) are loaded into the Department of Revenue’s processing system in late April. There will be no information available on your claim until that time.
     
  4. What is the fastest and easiest way to receive a rebate? 

    The fastest and easiest way to receive your rebate is to file for direct deposit on your PA-1000. This is similar to how Social Security benefits are deposited for recipients. Under the Direct Deposit section on the PA-1000, check whether your bank account is checking or savings, and fill in the routing and account numbers.
     
  5. Will my rebate be processed faster by calling the Department of Revenue or a tax professional?

    No. Some claimants believe that speaking directly to the Department of Revenue or calling their tax professional is the best way to find out when they will receive their rebate. However, the best way to check the status of your rebate is by visiting the department’s dedicated website — Where’s My PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate? 

    The website will provide the same information available to Department of Revenue employees who answer telephone calls from claimants.
     
  6. Are there other options available to determine the status of my rebate?

    If you provide a valid phone number on your PA-1000, you will receive an automated phone call confirming that your claim was received. You will receive another automated phone call advising when your rebate will be issued. Please note that these automated phone calls will not ask you to key in any numbers or to provide any additional information to the department.
     
  7. Where can I go for help in filling out my rebate application?

    Property Tax/Rent Rebate application forms and assistance are available at no cost at Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.
     
  8. Do first-time claimants have to provide additional information other than their application forms?

    Yes. All new claimants must provide proof of their age and/or disability. See the Department of Revenue’s instruction booklet for a list of documents that are acceptable to submit in support of your claim. The department encourages applicants to send photocopies, because it cannot return original documents.

About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000s) and related information on the Department of Revenue’s website or by calling 1-888-222-9190.

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. 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 Revenue Department automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.
Since its inception in 1971, more than $6.7 billion has been paid to qualified applicants through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeffrey Johnson, 717-787-6960

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