More Than 310,000 Pennsylvanians Receive Rebates Early to Provide Support During COVID-19 Pandemic

first_img July 01, 2020 More Than 310,000 Pennsylvanians Receive Rebates Early to Provide Support During COVID-19 Pandemic SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Economy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf and Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced more than 310,000 Pennsylvanians have received their rebates early through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which provides support to older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities.Governor Wolf called on the Department of Revenue, the agency that administers the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, to work with the Treasury Department to issue rebates before July 1. Today is typically the earliest day that rebates can be issued under Pennsylvania law. However, the signing in May of Act 20 of 2020 allowed rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2019 to be issued earlier than normal to provide financial support to eligible Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 pandemic.“These rebates on property taxes and rent have added importance this year, because they have provided support to our older and vulnerable residents at a time when they may need it most,” said Gov. Wolf. “I thank Treasurer Torsella and the department for distributing the rebates earlier than normal. We will keep that hard work going in the coming weeks so that we continue delivering rebates to older Pennsylvanians and others who benefit from this program.”“Treasury has worked tirelessly knowing how important each rebate is to so many Pennsylvanians during what is an already difficult time,” said Treasurer Torsella. “Nearly $162 million in payments have been distributed a month and a half ahead of the usual July 1 start date. Treasury is grateful to the General Assembly for the swift action to help this coordinated effort and will continue to work closely with the governor’s administration to process rebate payments making sure those that benefit from the PTRR program receive them quickly.”Revenue and Treasury officials are also reminding claimants of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program that the process for distributing rebates is different than in prior years. Although 311,785 rebates have been issued, there are still claims that are being processed.The claims will be processed on a first-in-first-out basis, meaning some claimants will receive their rebates earlier than others. This process is different than in prior years, when there was a large distribution of rebates on July 1 that accounted for the vast majority of rebates that were issued in a given claim year.It’s free to apply for a rebate, and claimants who need help with their application forms should know that free assistance is available at locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices. Claimants are encouraged to call ahead to make sure that the location they plan to visit has resumed operations. Additionally, the Department of Revenue is asking claimants who plan to visit the department’s district offices to call ahead to make an appointment. Check the department’s COVID-19 information page for updates and contact information.“We recognize that many people who benefit from this program have been staying at home while the locations where they typically go for assistance with their applications have been closed,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “We want claimants to know that we are here to help them file their application forms, whether that is over the phone or at one of our district offices.”Steps to Follow if You Haven’t Submitted Your ApplicationFor eligible applicants who have yet to file their Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application, the Department of Revenue is offering help for those who need it. Eligible claimants are encouraged to call 717-772-9236 for guidance. Please keep in mind that department staff will work as quickly as possible to help claimants with their applications.The Department of Revenue website has the Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim form (PA-1000) and related information.Tips for Checking the Status of Your RebateApplicants who included their bank account information on their Property Tax/Rent Rebate application form (PA-1000) 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.The Department of Revenue is encouraging claimants of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program to use online tools and other automated resources to check the status of their rebates or ask a question.Claimants who already applied for rebates may use the Where’s My PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate? tool to check the status of their rebate. You will need your Social Security number, claim year and date of birth to use this tool.Call 1-888-PATAXES to check the status of your rebate. This automated toll-free service is available 24 hours a day. You will need your Social Security number, date of birth and the anticipated amount of your rebate to use this service.Claimants who included their phone number on their Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application form (PA-1000) will receive automated calls from the Department of Revenue updating them on the status of their claim. Claimants should know that these automated phone calls require no further action. They will not be asked to key in any numbers or to provide any additional information.Claimants can visit the department’s Online Customer Service Center to find helpful tips and answers to commonly asked questions about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The Online Customer Service Center also allows you to submit a question to a Department of Revenue representative through a secure process that is similar to sending an email.About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate ProgramThe 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 income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. It is free to apply for a rebate.The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Department of Revenue automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. 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WHS athletic banquet set for Friday, 7:30 a.m.(!); sports schedule updated; WHS tennis finish 5th in league tourney

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Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments WHS Tennis:Wellington participated in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. III-IV boys tennis tournament at Riverside Tennis Center Monday on a wonderfully sunny day.The Crusaders finished with 29 points good enough for fifth. McPherson won with 66 points, Collegiate second with 57 points, Winfield third with 49 points and Buhler fourth with 43 points.“That’s about where I thought we would end up,” said Allen Keller, Wellington head boys tennis coach. “We knew we did not match up head to head with any of those four teams so our expectations of doing better than fifth were not very high.”Tyler Pettegrew at No. 2 singles was the only Crusader to get a first round win (over Doerkson/Buhler 7/6, 6/1) which put him in the semi-finals.  He lost his next match to Osen/Winfield 1-6, 0-6 then lost to Moxley/Collegiate 4-6, 0-6 for 4th place.No. 1 singles player Avery Chaney lost his first round to Horton/McPherson 1-6, 1-6, beat Wallace of Circle 9-3, then lost a heartbreaker to Reinhardt/El Dorado 7-9 for a sixth place finish.  No. 1 doubles team of Dutch Brownlee/Jon Ryberg  lost their first round to Camp & Hoover/Winfield 1-6, 0-6, beat Harter and Laforge of El Dorado in the first round of consolation 9-8, then lost to Schmidt and Thayer of Buhler 2-9 for a sixth place finish.No. 2 Doubles team of Chaz Crittenden/Anthony Glazer lost in the first round to Byers and Caywood, Buhler 6-1, 6-0, beat Troxell & Barrett/El Dorado 9-5, then lost to Hunter & Keplar of Circle 7-9 for a sixth place finish.Brian Peck has left the team to concentrate on golf.“Overall, I have to say that both our singles players gave a good effort and played well against every opponent,” Keller said. “Our doubles teams however, are really struggling with basics and until they learn to stay focused, stay positive, and play with energy and movement, we’re not even giving ourselves a fighting chance to win against even against the poorest teams.“We haven’t lost matches to schools like El Dorado, Circle and Augusta for many years, and it states volumes about our level of performance when we do.  Hopefully we can get these guys back on track before the Regional tournament and start playing to our potential.” Friday, May 3WHS ATHLETIC BANQUET — WHS Auditorium, 7:30 a.m.WHS TRACK — Goddard Invite, 3 p.m.WHS TENNIS — Class 4A Regional at Pratt, 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1WHS BASEBALL/SOFTBALL – Reschedule: Wellington at Rose Hill. Girls start at 4:30 p.m., boys start at 4 p.m. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School sports calendar is a mess – so much so that the Wellington High School athletic banquet (or make that breakfast) has been moved to Friday at 7:30 a.m. No that isn’t a misprint.Wellington Activities Director Brian Buchanan made the announcement at Crusader Club Monday. He initially received some chuckles as if he was joking. But he was serious.The WHS athletic program has been canceled the past two years. Buchanan said the coaches did not want to do it again. But because of the various athletic events rescheduled there was not a free night. So the students will be asked to gather Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the high school auditorium to receive its medal and certificates.The Senior Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards and the Frank Cornejo Scholarship winner will not be announced at the athletic program, but on Class Night on Thursday, May 9.In other news… Updated sports schedule: Here is the updated schedule for Wellington as we have it:Tuesday, April 30WHS GOLF — Hesston at Hesston Golf Course, 3 p.m.HS SOFTBALL — Triangular: Clearwater, Buhler at Clearwater, 5 p.m.WMS TRACK — Bob Hoover Invitational at Andover, 3:15 p.m.HS BASEBALL — Reschedule: Collegiate, away, 4 p.m. Thursday, May 2WHS TENNIS —4A Regional Tournament, TBA.WHS GOLF — Goddard Eisenhower at Tex-Consolver Golf Course, 3 p.m.WHS BASEBALL — Clearwater, home, 4 p.m. (JV)WHS SOFTBALL — Clearwater, home, 4:30 p.m. (JV).WMS TRACK — Maize Middle Invitational at Maize Middle, 3:30 p.m. WMS Tennis: The Wellington Middle School boys tennis team swept their last three matches against Goddard, Haysville and Haysville West.  The Knights dominated Goddard winning every match and defeating both Haysville teams yesterday.Individual winners were: Derek Driskell, Brock Edwards, Cade Phelps, Will Long, Carson LeGrand, Chaese Hamel, D. J. Seyfert, Jaden Adams, Trenton Hodson, Skyler Crittenden, Aaron Schoemann, Braiden Buresh, Seth Tunnell, Reece Langford, Jack Walton, Jared Oathout, Ty Wilson, James Hinman, Logan Jones, Avery Rademacher, Max Scott, Austin Sears, Ian Groom and Billy Cook. Saturday, May 4WHS BASEBALL — Triangular: Wellington vs. Kansas City Turner, 11 a.m., Arkansas City vs. K.C. Turner, 1 p.m., Wellington vs. Ark City, 3 p.m., home.WHS TENNIS — Class 4A Regional at Pratt, 10 a.m.last_img read more