Cephas: The deadline for the Property Tax/ Rent Rebate Program has been extended

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced that the deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2018 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, according to the Department of Revenue.

“Seniors and people with disabilities are susceptible to foreclosures and evictions as a result of tax liens, which is why the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is so beneficial,” Cephas said. “The application deadline extension ensures that more residents in my district and across the commonwealth can have the opportunity to apply.”

As of June 1, the department has received 432,411 applications, but rebates, by law,will not be distributed until July 1. After June 30, eligible applicants will receive rebates directly deposited to their accounts, based on the account information claimants provide on the application.

“It’s highly recommended that eligible residents apply as soon as possible,” Cephas said.

Cephas said claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria.

Eligible applicants can come to Cephas’ district office with their documents or obtain an application at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190.

In 2017, the Property Tax/ Rent Rebate Program delivered more than $253 million to income eligible seniors and people with disabilities.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security is excluded, and the maximum standard rebate is $650.