Pennsylvania has begun mailing the one-time property tax/rent rebate bonus to eligible residents. If you haven’t already applied, hurry as the deadline to apply for the Pennsylvania Bonus Tax Refund is fast approaching.
Yesterday Gov. Tom Wolf also reminded Pennsylvanians who qualify for the tax refund to apply before the year-end deadline.
Application deadline is December 31st
Earlier this year, Gov. Wolf introduced a proposal to send additional money to elderly Pennsylvanians and Pennsylvanians with disabilities who are eligible for a rebate on rent or property taxes paid in 2021.
Under Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) program, eligible residents receive a one-time bonus rebate equal to 70% of their original rebate amount. This one-time discount is in addition to their usual annual discount.
The primary goal of this one-time discount is to provide additional assistance to the most vulnerable residents who are still recovering financially from the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvania is using about $140 million in funding from the Federal American Rescue Plan Act to send the rebate money.
Those who have already filed an application (PA-1000) for a property tax refund or rent paid in 2021 need not take any further steps to claim the refund funds. You will automatically receive the tax refund.
Those who have not yet applied but are eligible for the discount must apply. The deadline to apply for the Pennsylvania bonus tax refund is December 31, 2022. In a press release Thursday, Gov. Wolf also reminded residents of the deadline.
“Don’t miss your last chance to receive a one-time bonus rebate through the property tax/rent rebate program,” Governor Wolf said. “This is the only year that these one-time bonus discounts are available and I don’t want eligible Pennsylvanians to miss out on the bonus discounts.”
How to claim the Pennsylvania bonus tax refund
Eligible residents who have not yet filed an application may apply for the Pennsylvania bonus tax refund by visiting myPATH, the Treasury Department’s online filing system. Applying through myPATH is easy as users do not have to log in. A paper application is also available at www.revenue.pa.gov/ptrr.
It should be noted that it is free to apply for a discount. In addition, free assistance is available at several locations throughout the state, including district Treasury offices, senior centers, state legislature offices, and local aging offices. Applicants can also find support in the online customer service center of the department.
For more information on Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, including eligibility requirements, visit the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program page on the Department of Revenue website.
It should be noted that the Treasury will be sending letters to applicants for the 2021 property tax/rent refund program. The letter details the total rebate amount that applicants will receive, including the original rebate for claim year 2021 and the one-time bonus rebate.
This article originally appeared on ValueWalk