Matzie: Deadline to file for property tax or rent rebate extended to Dec. 31

AMBRIDGE, March 19 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today that in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the state Department of Revenue has extended the deadline to file for a rebate under Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program from June 30 until Dec. 31.

“The deadline extension on this popular program is always great news, but this year, it’s more important than ever, as seniors and other eligible residents who want help with the application process are being advised to limit public outings, and district offices are temporarily closed to the public because of the COVID-19 epidemic,” Matzie said.

“It’s good to know that our seniors and other vulnerable residents who want help filing for rebates on their 2019 taxes or rent paid will now have more time to seek that assistance later in the year, when it should be safer to do so.”

Matzie added that residents can still request applications online through the Department of Revenue’s website.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits seniors 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

Spouses, personal representative and estates may also file claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2019 and meet other eligibility guidelines.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

More information on the program is available at the Department of Revenue’s webpage here.