Schweyer: Seniors to receive immediate property tax/rent rebate payments

HARRISBURG, May 19 – A bill that will speed up the distribution of property tax/rent rebate payments for Pennsylvania seniors was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf, according to state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh.

“Many of our seniors live on fixed incomes and in these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic we need to ensure that everyone, especially our vulnerable populations, are able to put food on their tables,” Schweyer said. “I am pleased to see my colleagues on both sides of the aisle recognize this important issue and unanimously pass this bill.”

Property tax and rent rebate payments will now be made immediately instead of waiting until July 1. It also directs the departments of Revenue and Treasury to process 2019 rebate payments for all homeowners and renters who received a 2018 rebate. For anyone who became eligible in the past year, those rebates would also be issued immediately upon receipt of their application instead of waiting until July.

Schweyer said he also wants to ensure residents understand that the property tax/rent rebate payments are being sent out to those who have already filed for them. If residents have not yet applied, the sooner the application is filed the sooner the payment will be made.