State approves early property tax and rent rebates for low-income Pennsylvanians, to offset financial burdens of COVID-19

Written by on May 19, 2020

 State approves early property tax and rent rebates for low-income Pennsylvanians, to offset financial burdens of COVID-19

By Julia Agos, WITF

May 19, 2020

The state treasury will begin issuing property tax and rent rebates early this year. As WITF’s Julia Agos reports, the move is intended to help elderly homeowners and renters and people with disabilities. 

State rebates are typically issued in July, but the Wolf administration will start sending them this week to try to help Pennsylvanians feeling the financial burden of the pandemic. 

Residents age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and adults with disabilities could be eligible for the property tax and rent rebate program.

The state issues around 500-thousand rebates each year to low income residents who qualify. 

State treasurer Joe Torsella says this is a challenging process, especially with most staff working remotely. But he says they owe it to Pennsylvanians.   

“The message we’re sending to some of our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, is we hear you, we understand what you are going through, we are doing everything in our power to help and we understand we work for you,” says Torsella.

Recipients could receive up to $975 from the state. 

The administration plans to issue 60 thousand rebates per week.  

The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.


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