Residents who applied for the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program will see their checks earlier than usual.
Gov. Tom Wolf and state Treasurer Joe Torsella announced Tuesday the earlier release of the rebates.
“I will continue to identify programs big and small that will alleviate the effects this crisis has had on Pennsylvanians,” Wolf said.
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.
Funds were able to be given out starting Wednesday due to House Bill 1076, which authorized the early distribution.
In the past, rebates typically were issued in bulk starting July 1. Applicants who included their bank account information on their application forms will receive their rebates through direct deposit. Applicants who requested a paper check to be mailed to them should expect to receive their payment in the mail.
Torsella said trying to get the money to people sooner is part of a message intended for the residents of the state.
“The message we're sending, again, to some of our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, is we hear you, we understand what you're going through, and we are doing everything in our power to help and we, your government, work for you,” Torsella said.
It is free to apply for a rebate, but the program does have some restrictions on income levels.
Applicants can check the status of their rebate through an online portal on the Department of Revenue's website, www.doreservices.state.pa.us/PITServices/WheresMy/Rebate or by calling 1-888-PATAXES.