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Governor expands senior rebates

Gov. Josh Shapiro visited Center in the Park in Germantown to sign HB1100, which expands the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program to nearly 175,000 more Pennsylvania seniors and doubles rebates for many of the 400,000 Pennsylvanians who already qualify.

Last week, Shapiro signed the expansion into law, delivering the largest targeted tax break in nearly two decades for Pennsylvania seniors.

“The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is a lifeline for so many seniors across our commonwealth who face the burden of rising prices – and this tax break will put an estimated $160 million back in their pockets,” Shapiro said. “As a result of this historic expansion, more than 20,000 Philadelphians are now eligible for the program. I’m proud that this passed both the House and the Senate with bipartisan support.”

The governor is delivering on a promise first proposed on the campaign trail, to provide a lifeline for Pennsylvania renters and homeowners who need it most. The governor said 20,300 additional Philadelphia residents will be eligible for the PTRR program as a result of the expansion.

“In Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget, we saw historic funding for public education, we saw our law enforcement get the bolster increase they need to be able to ensure that folks are running to these careers, not running out the door,” Speaker Joanna McClinton said. “It was in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget that after almost 20 years of not seeing the needle move on the Property Tax/Rent Rebate that we’re here in Germantown this afternoon celebrating the fact that our wisest neighbors get every single penny from the state that you deserve.

“It’s very important that in the executive office, we have someone who has both vision, and most importantly, determination and strength. We’re celebrating here today and as you stay tuned to the rest of the summer and the fall, you’re going to continue to hear great things that all happen in Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget.”

The PTRR expansion passed the House and Senate with near-unanimous bipartisan support to increase income limits, provide larger rebates for those who qualify and include a cost-of-living adjustment so the program keeps up with rising prices.

“I was pleased to hear the talk about this major accomplishment for Pennsylvania seniors under our new governor, Josh Shapiro. Pennsylvania has accomplished something that I supported when I was in Harrisburg – the first expansion of Property Tax/Rent Rebate since 2006,” said Congressman Dwight Evans. “I have known Gov. Shapiro for a long time. I want you to understand that it’s important to have the partnerships to do things with him as governor and with me now in Congress.”

An estimated additional 20,300 Philadelphia residents are now eligible under the expanded Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. In 2021, 47,270 Philadelphians received rebates.

“Gov. Shapiro has been advocating for quite some time to improve and expand the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program – following through on his promise to seniors right here in Philadelphia,” Philadelphia resident Juan Bacote said. “I can’t say I’m surprised that the governor is able to complete such a monumental feat for seniors – this is the same guy that rebuilt the I-95 collapse in just 12 days. This is the same spirit that Gov. Shapiro gets stuff done for us, and under this bill, our maximum standard rebate will increase from $650 to $1,000.”

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