Governor Wolf Announces Property Tax Relief Bonus on Bank Accounts Now
Today, Governor Tom Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians that one-time rebates for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) program are now being given out.
“If you’ve already received your PTRR check for this year, don’t be surprised when your bonus payment arrives in your bank account or mailbox,” Governor Wolf said. “I offered these unique bonus discounts in February, and I’m thrilled to see the checks being distributed to Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth. In a time of painful inflation, this money will help seniors and disabled Pennsylvanians bridge the gap between a fixed income and higher prices.
Governor Wolf’s plan to offer one-time bonus PTRR rebates was designed to provide additional relief to some of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents still recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-time premium rebates are paid for with approximately $140 million in US Federal Bailout Act (ARPA) funding. Pennsylvanians began receiving bonus rebate checks last week.
“We remind eligible Pennsylvanians that there is still time to apply for refunds on property taxes and rent paid in 2021. You can use our online filing system at mypath.pa.gov for your application to be submitted by the December 31, 2022 filing deadline,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “We will work as quickly as possible to ensure applications are processed and applicants receive the funds to which they are entitled, including the one-time bonus discount the Governor has made possible.”
Pennsylvanians who have already applied for the PTRR program do not need to take any action to receive the bonus rebate check. All PTRR applicants who are approved for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2021 will automatically receive the one-time bonus rebate.
Claimants who received their initial rebate earlier this year will receive their one-time bonus rebate the same way they received their first check (direct deposit or mailed paper check).
Claimants who have not yet received their original rebate may receive a single check combining their original rebate and the one-time bonus rebate.
The Ministry of Revenue also sends letters to claimants explaining that they will receive a one-time premium discount. The letter will provide a breakdown of the claimant’s initial rebate amount plus the one-time premium rebate amount.
Claiming reimbursement is free, and applicants are reminded that free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue District Offices, Local Aging Agencies, senior centers and offices of state legislators. Candidates can also visit the department Online Customer Service Center to find helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions about the Property/Rent Tax Rebate Program.
Visit the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Page on the Department of Revenue’s website for more information about the program, including income limits and historical background.