Davis: Budget brings bonus payment to Property Tax/Rent Rebate applicants

McKEESPORT, Aug. 3 – Older Pennsylvanians and those with disabilities who have been approved for state tax or rent rebates will be receiving a one-time bonus payment in the coming weeks, according to state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny.

“The additional money through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program will help even more of our older neighbors on fixed incomes stay in their homes, especially as many continue to recover from the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Davis said. “The best part of this bonus payment is that if applicants have already been approved for the 2021 claim year or received their rebate, they do not need to take any additional steps to get their bonus payment. The money will come to them the same way as their initial payments, either by direct deposit or by a check in the mail.”

Davis said approximately $140 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding, allocated by the 2022-23 state budget, will be used to fund the supplemental payments, which will be equal to 70% of a claimant’s original rebate amount.

“It’s important for people to know that if they have not applied for their regular rebate, they can still do so through the end of this year and that my office is here to help them apply,” Davis said. “I encourage folks to share this information with their family, neighbors and friends so we can help them get the money that they’re eligible for. If you haven’t applied, don’t delay.”

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income eligibility limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The deadline to apply for the program is Dec. 31, 2022. Additional information on the one-time bonus rebates is available here.