Pashinski applauds signed expansion of Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski applauded Gov. Josh Shapiro for signing an expansion of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program into law.

“I applaud the leadership team of our new majority in the PA House for listening to the concerns of Pennsylvania citizens, and I was pleased to join my colleagues in helping as many senior and disabled Pennsylvanians as possible,” Pashinski said. “It’s especially important to me as my district is home to many who qualify for this program. Now even more people in my community who could benefit from this program will be able to.

“Expanding this program to 175,000 more Pennsylvania seniors and doubling rebates for many of the 400,000 Pennsylvanians who already qualify is one of the ways this law shows that we care about our seniors. Other ways include increasing the maximum rebate from $650 to $1,000, the increase of eligible income cap for renters and homeowners to $45,000 a year and tying the income to future cost of living increases so no seniors lose out just because their Social Security payment went up.”

Pashinski said the deadline to apply for a rebate on 2022 taxes or rent is Dec. 31, 2023, and his district office is available to help people with their application. The office is located at 152 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, and the phone number is 570-825-5934. The changes to income eligibility limits and benefit amounts will not go into effect until January of 2024.

Before the new law was passed, income limits for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program had not increased since January 2007.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, was enacted 1971 to benefit older adults and adults with disabilities. Applicants can exclude half of their Social Security income when determining eligibility