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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Preparation Guide
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Preparation Guide (DFO-03)

PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PREPARATION GUIDE DFO-03 (EX) 11-21 PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM TOPIC www.revenue.pa.gov PAGE General Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Qualifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Households With More Than One Qualified Claimant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Deceased Claimant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 All Claimants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 First-Time Filers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Proof of Age/Disability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Property Owners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Renters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Property Owner/Renter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Completing the PA-1000 Sections I through IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-16 Direct Deposit (Section III) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 PA-1000 Schedules A, B, D, E, F & G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-19 Filing the Claim/Mailing Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Assistance & Forms Ordering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 County Codes & School District Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-23 PA Department of Revenue District Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM www.revenue.pa.gov PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS WHAT’S NEW Free Electronic Filing Option: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program claimants now have the option to submit applications online with the Department of Revenue's myPATH portal. The application can be remitted directly from the homepage at myPATH.pa.gov so a user profile is not required. Be prepared to electronically upload supporting documentation with your application. You will also need to provide an email address. Filing online leads to fast processing, easy direct deposit options and automatic calculators that will help you apply for your rebate. Respond to Your Notice: Customers and their representatives can submit documents in response to a department issued notice electronically via myPATH. Submitting correspondence this way is faster and more accurate than mailing or faxing documentation in. Additionally, multiple attachments can be added to one response making the process easier for the user. The customer will need to have their Letter ID number from the notice and EIN or SSN. Attachments can be in PDF, JPEG, JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, RTF, HEIC. View Previously Submitted Items: When submitting an application or correspondence in response to a notice, you will receive a confirmation code. This code along with the email address you used when submitting the information will enable you to check the status of the submission to see what stage it is at in our processing operations. Check rebate status: Check the status of a rebate for the current claim year or prior claim years without logging in. All you need is the claim year, date of birth, and SSN. FORM AND INSTRUCTIONS CHANGES An additional item has been added to the list of income that is not reported for Line 11g. All qualified distributions from ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Savings Programs are not to be included as eligibility income by Property Tax or Rent Rebate claimants. The country code field has been changed from a three-character field to a two-character field. See the instructions for Country Code on Page 10 for additional information. PURPOSE The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Preparation Guide’s purpose is to provide volunteer preparers and Department of Revenue Field Office personnel with additional information and instructions for the preparation of the PA-1000, Property Tax or Rent Rebate Claim. GENERAL INFORMATION Claimants who filed handwritten rebate claims the previous year should automatically receive new rebate booklets in the mail. Claimants who filed their rebate claims using software to produce the claim forms no longer receive booklets unless they specifically request to receive them. File the claim form using the preprinted label, if possible. However, even if using the label, the Social Security Number(s) (SSN) must be entered on the claim form in the boxes provided, as the Department of Revenue removed these numbers from the label due to confidentiality concerns. SSNs enable the department to verify income from Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If the preprinted label is not 100 percent correct, do not use the label. If it is correct, the label should be placed on the claim form. If there is no label or if it is not correct, all the information should be entered on the claim form. If the claimant has received a claim form with a label addressed to a spouse who passed away during the claim year, do not use the label. However, if the claimant on the label passed away after Dec. 31 of the year for which the rebate is being claimed, it may be used. It is recommended that a widow or widower of a deceased claimant who qualifies for a rebate complete a claim for him/ herself. To aid in processing the rebate properly, be sure to provide a claimant’s school district and county codes, which indicate where he/she resided as of Dec. 31 of the claim year. School district and county codes are listed on Pages 22 through 24. The codes are also available online at www.revenue.pa.gov/schools. Page 1 www.revenue.pa.gov PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM The department will make automated phone calls to rebate claimants notifying them of receipt and approval of their rebate claims. Claimants should be encouraged to include a telephone number on the application form to facilitate these calls. All documents submitted must feature the SSN of the claimant. By law, (42 U.S.C. Section 405(c)(2)(i); 61 PA Code Section 117.16) the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has the authority to use the SSN to administer the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Pro- gram and Pennsylvania tax laws. The department uses the SSN to identify individuals, verify incomes and administer tax-offset and child-support programs required by federal and Pennsylvania laws. The commonwealth may also use the SSN in exchange-of-tax-information agreements with government authorities. Pennsylvania law prohibits the commonwealth from disclosing information individuals provide on income tax returns and rebate claims, including SSNs, except for official purposes. QUALIFICATIONS 1. The claimant must have owned and occupied a home or rented and occupied a home, apartment, nursing home, boarding house or similar residence in Pennsylvania during the period for which a rebate is being claimed. NOTE: If a claimant transferred the property to his/her offspring (often to avoid the payment of inheritance tax), he/she is not eligible for a rebate unless a life estate is created that provides proof that the claimant still has the right of ownership until death. Proof of the life estate’s creation must be provided with the filing of the claim. In order for the claimant to document ownership via a life estate, complete copies of the deed, trust agreement, will or decree of distribution showing the language providing for the claimant’s rights of ownership are required. 2. (a) The claimant or spouse living with the claimant was 65 years of age or older as of Dec. 31 of the claim year. NOTE: Pennsylvania, under Title 23 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, Section 1103, eliminated the establishment of Common Law Marriages contracted Jan. 1, 2005, and later. If a common law marriage was established and the conditions fulfilled prior to that date, it is valid. (b) The claimant was a widow or widower during all or part of the claim year and was 50 years of age or older as of Dec. 31 of the claim year. NOTES: If the most recent marriage ended in a divorce, the individual does not qualify as a widow/widower, even if the divorced Page 2 spouse subsequently passed away (a socalled “grass widow”). If the claimant remarried during the claim year, see Schedule B. (c) The claimant was permanently disabled and 18 years of age or older as of Dec. 31 of the claim year and the physical or mental disability is expected to continue indefinitely. For example: If a claimant receives his/her award letter on Dec. 31 of the claim year but does not begin receiving SSI payments until the following year, that claimant is eligible to file a rebate. It is not necessary that the claimant received SSI payments for the claim year in question. As long as the claimant has an award letter from SSI confirming the disability date for that year, he/she is eligible for a rebate as long as all other requirements are met. NOTE: If the claimant applied to the Social Security Administration and was denied disability benefits, he/she is not eligible for a rebate as a disabled claimant. 3. Certain eligibility income levels were not exceeded: (a) If the claimant is a property owner and the total household income, including that received by a spouse while residing with the claimant, for the claim year is $35,000 or less; or (b) If the claimant is a renter and the total household income, including that received by a spouse while residing with the claimant, for the claim year is $15,000 or less. PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM 4. Property taxes for the claim year must have been paid (either by the claimant or someone else), if the claimant is a property owner. If the claimant is a renter, the property owner must have been liable for the payment of real estate taxes or payment in lieu thereof on the rental property, and rent must have been paid (either by the renter or someone else). 5. The claimant must have lived at least one day and paid rent or property tax during the claim year in order to be eligible for a rebate. A claim may be filed on behalf of a claimant who dies during the claim year by a surviving spouse, personal representative or estate. 6. If a claimant is a renter and received cash public assistance, he/she is not eligible for a rebate for the months the benefit was received. Cash public assistance does not include SSI, food stamps, surplus foods, Department of Public Assistance payments for Medicare or other noncash relief from a government agency. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS A claimant may qualify as an Owner/Renter if: 1. The claimant owned, occupied and paid taxes for part of the year and was a renter for the other part of the year (PA-1000 Schedule A must be completed); 2. The claimant owned, occupied and paid taxes on a home and paid rent for the land upon which the home is situated (such as, but not limited to, a mobile home in a mobile home park or a home on which land rent is paid); or 3. The claimant paid rent for the home he/she occupied and paid property taxes on the land upon which it stood (such as, but not limited to, a mobile home). HOUSEHOLDS WITH MORE THAN ONE QUALIFIED CLAIMANT Only one member of a household may file a claim, even if more than one person qualifies for a rebate. If someone other than the claimant’s spouse appears on the deed or lease, a PA-1000 Schedule F must be completed. The decision as to who will file for the rebate is that of the eligible claimants, however it is recommended that the one with the smallest income file the claim. www.revenue.pa.gov DECEASED CLAIMANT To be eligible for a rebate, the claimant must have lived at least one day of a claim year, owned and occupied and paid taxes or rented and occupied and paid rent for the claim year during the time period the claimant was alive. The property tax paid for a deceased claimant will be prorated based upon the number of days the claimant lived during the claim year. Rent rebate claims filed on behalf of deceased claimants will be paid based upon the amount of rent paid during the claim year. Schedule A must be completed for the calculation of the prorated property tax rebate. To determine if a deceased claimant is eligible for a rebate, a deceased claimant’s claim form must also include an annualized income amount in the calculation of total household income. Schedule G must be completed for the calculation of annualized income amount to be included in household income. A copy of the death certificate must also be included with the claim form. A surviving spouse, estate or personal representative may file a claim on behalf of a deceased claimant. A personal representative can also have a previously filed rebate issued in his or her name, instead of the name of the decedent, in certain circumstances. Surviving Spouse: The surviving spouse may file the claim, including the death certificate and a letter stating he/she was the spouse of the claimant at the time of death, and sign as the surviving spouse. If the surviving spouse is eligible to file a claim, he/she should discard any label and file as the claimant. In this case, the claim should be completed as a first-time filer indicating he/she has not received a rebate in the past. The deceased spouse’s SSN should be entered in the area provided and the oval filled in, indicating the spouse is deceased. Estate: A claim may be filed by the executor or the administrator of an estate. In this case, a copy of the Short Certificate showing the will was registered or probated must be submitted. If there is no will but there are assets, submit a copy of the Letters of Administration. Either of these may be obtained from the county courthouse where the death is recorded. Personal Representative: If a person dies and there is no will, the will has not been registered or probated or there is no estate, then a personal repPage 3 www.revenue.pa.gov PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM resentative may file a claim on behalf of an eligible decedent. A decedent’s personal representative must submit a copy of the decedent’s death certificate, a DEX-41, Application for Refund/ Rebate Due the Decedent, and a receipted copy of the decedent’s funeral bill showing that the personal representative personally paid the decedent’s funeral expenses in an amount that is greater than or equal to the amount of the property tax/rent rebate to which the decedent is entitled. If a person dies after filing a claim and there is no will, or if the will has not been registered or probated, or there is no estate, then a personal representative can also request that the department change the rebate to be issued into his/her name. In cases where the rebate check has been received but cannot be cashed, the check must be returned with a request to have the rebate issued in the name of the personal representative. The decedent’s personal representative must submit a copy of the decedent’s death certificate, a DEX-41, Application for Refund/Rebate Due the Decedent, and a receipted copy of the claimant’s funeral bill showing that the personal representative personally paid the funeral expenses in an amount that is greater than or equal to the amount of the property tax/rent rebate to the claimant is entitled. The DEX-41, Application for Refund/Rebate Due the Decedent, can be obtained by visiting the department’s website at www.revenue.pa.gov or by using one of the department’s Forms Ordering Services found on Page 21. ALL CLAIMANTS reportable income and income that may be excluded are found in the instructions for completion of the PA-1000, Section III, Lines 4 through 11g. NOTE: If taxable income exceeds $33, a Pennsylvania income tax return must be filed. FIRST-TIME FILERS If a claimant is a first-time filer 65 years of age or older, proof of age must be submitted. If a claimant is a first-time filer under 65 years of age and is married to a person 65 years of age or older, proof of the spouse’s age must be submitted. If a claimant is a widow or widower 50 to 64 years of age, proof of age must be submitted along with a photocopy of the spouse’s death certificate. If a claimant is permanently disabled and 18 to 64 years of age, proof of age and permanent disability must be submitted. NOTE: Do not send any original documents, as they cannot be returned. PROOF OF AGE The following documents are acceptable as proof of age: • Birth Certificate • Medicare Card (be sure Social Security Numbers are the same) • Church Baptismal Record • Hospital Birth Record • Document issued by the Social Security Administration clearly showing the date of birth All claimants must submit proof of income reported on the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Claim (PA-1000), with the exception of Social Security benefits, SSI and/or State Supplementary Payments (SSP) for those using Pennsylvania addresses. Claimants not using Pennsylvania addresses must submit documentation verifying this income. • Blue Cross or Blue Shield 65 Special Card If a claimant is required to submit a federal income tax return or a Pennsylvania income tax return and this return reflects all income (using Pennsylvania rules) of the claimant and his/her spouse living together, a copy of the front of either of these returns is sufficient proof. However, if there is additional income not shown on either of these returns, copies of proof documents must be submitted. Details on • Dated marriage record showing age at time of marriage Page 4 • Driver’s License or PA Identification Card • Military Discharge Paper (if age shown) • PACE/PACENET card • Naturalization/Immigration Paper (if age shown) • Passport • Family Bible showing family records and indicating the claimant’s date of birth • Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census Form • All senior citizens public transit authority cards www.revenue.pa.gov PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM • A dated insurance record drawn up years prior to the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program being initiated • Any other document which indicates the claimant’s date of birth if none of the previously listed items are available. Document must be dated at a time when it was not particularly beneficial to be of that age. The following documents are not acceptable as Proof of Age: • Social Security Card • Hunting License • Fishing License • Any other document on which the claimant has supplied the date of birth arbitrarily and without proof. PROOF OF DISABILITY The following will be accepted as proof of disability: • A copy of the award letter issued by Social Security, SSI, Railroad Retirement or Black Lung, showing the claimant was permanently and totally disabled • A letter from the Veterans Administration stating the claimant is 100 percent disabled • A letter from the federal Civil Service Commission stating the claimant is 100 percent disabled • A copy of the claimant’s medical assistance card or a letter from the Department of Human Services verifying the claimant is receiving disability benefits under the “Welfare Aid to the Permanent and Totally Disabled” program • If the claimant is not covered under any disability program, a completed Physicians Statement of Permanent and Total Disability (PA-1000 PS) may be accepted. This must be signed by the claimant’s physician stating the claimant is permanently and totally disabled under the standards of the federal Social Security Act or federal Railroad Retirement Act. (This form of proof cannot be used if the claimant was denied Social Security Disability.) The Department of Revenue has the legal authority to require additional evidence of a claimant’s disability, including all medical records, to determine eligibility for a rebate. PROPERTY OWNERS All property owners, with the exception of residents of Philadelphia, must submit proof that property taxes were paid for the claim year. In order to verify taxes were paid, proof of one of the following must be submitted: • Photocopy of the tax bill(s) for the claim year, that have been marked or stamped “PAID” by the tax collector, indicating the date and amount paid; • Photocopy of the un-receipted tax bill(s), along with a photocopy of both the front and back of the cancelled check(s) that paid the tax; • A copy of the year-end mortgage statement showing the amount of real estate taxes paid; • A letter signed by the tax collector certifying the amount of real estate taxes paid, excluding any nuisance taxes or penalty, and indicating the claimant’s name and address of the property; or • A receipted copy of the tax billing from the owner’s association or corporation. A resident stockholder of such a cooperative housing corporation, like a condominium, may be eligible as a property owner on the prorated share of property taxes paid to the corporation for his/her residence. Residents of Philadelphia do not have to submit copies of tax bills or payments as long as the taxes for the claim year were paid by Dec. 31 of the claim year, as the City and County of Philadelphia provide to the department electronic records of taxes paid. If the claimant does not know the amount of taxes paid, he/she should estimate the amount. If the claimant’s amount does not match the amount provided by Philadelphia, the Department of Revenue will use the figures provided by the city/county. If the taxes were not paid until after Dec. 31, the proof documents listed above must be submitted. The following real estate taxes are eligible for consideration for a rebate: • County • School district • City • Borough • Township Page 5 www.revenue.pa.gov PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM The following taxes are not eligible for rebate (even if based on millage): • Flat rate charges • Footage charges • Personal property tax • Per capita tax • Occupational privilege tax • Sewer rent • Garbage collection charges • Municipal assessments such as road, institution, street, library, light, water, fire, debt and sinking fund taxes • Interest or penalty payments If a tax bill contains any of the above disallowed charges, the charges must be deducted from the total amount paid to arrive at the amount of taxes allowed for consideration of the rebate. If tax bills do not reflect the names of the claimants, proof of ownership must be submitted. Examples of documents acceptable as proof are: • A copy of the deed; • A copy of the trust agreement; or • A copy of the will or decree of distribution, if inherited. If the name listed is that of a spouse and the name of the spouse or deceased spouse is shown on the claim, proof is not necessary. Note that the term Et Vir (and husband) and Et Ux (and wife) indicate joint ownership. However, if the term Et Al or Et Alia (and others) appear, the additional owners must be identified. If a life estate or a life time lease agreement has been retained, the individual retaining the life estate or lease agreement may file a rebate claim, but proof of either must be submitted. If the tax bill or mortgage statement does not reflect the claimant’s address on the form, an explanation must be submitted. This may take the form of a letter from either the tax collector or mortgage company verifying the claimant’s home address. If the claimant moved, PA-1000 Schedule A may need to be completed. A rebate may not be claimed on more than one property, with the exception of the sale of one primary residence and the subsequent purchase of another Page 6 primary residence. A rebate may not be claimed on property not used for primary personal residential use, unless the second property is adjoining and not separated by a road, lane, etc. and is used in connection with the residence. This exception may be in the nature of a double lot where the residence is located on one half, and the adjoining lot is empty and used as a yard. It is the obligation of the claimant to substantiate the right to claim both properties. Generally speaking, the maximum size of a property deemed necessary for personal use is 75 acres. If the land exceeds this, the taxes on the land should be prorated. Again, it is up to the claimant to prove to the department otherwise. If the property is used for other than the claimant’s personal use, PA-1000 Schedule E must be submitted. INCREASED REBATES FOR QUALIFYING HOMEOWNERS Now that slots gaming is providing annual property tax relief to all Pennsylvania homeowners, supplemental property tax rebates are available to homeowners through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. These supplemental rebates are automatically calculated by Revenue and are awarded to qualifying seniors with eligibility incomes of $30,000 or less who live in Philadelphia, Scranton, Pittsburgh and other parts of the state with particularly high tax burdens. Supplemental rebates may increase base rebates up to $975. Many senior homeowners have property taxes completely eliminated when supplemental property tax rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program combine with general property tax relief. RENTERS A rental unit may be a self-contained dwelling that is a separate bedroom, kitchen and bath, but it may also be a single room or set of rooms within a private home, hotel or other dwelling. A room in a private home may qualify as a homestead (a selfcontained dwelling the claimant rents for use as a home) if a landlord-tenant relationship exists. Such a relationship exists when a landlord (the lessor) provides the claimant (the lessee) with a lease for a self-contained dwelling within the property owner’s residence. As mentioned above, this usually means a separate kitchen, bath and bedroom. The homeowner must maintain a lease agreement, have separate utility bills, have other evidence of a self- PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM contained dwelling, and report the rental income on his/her federal or state income tax return. The claimant is responsible to prove that a landlordtenant relationship exists. Self-contained dwellings for rent eligible for rent rebates can include: • Apartment in a house • Apartment building • Boarding home • Mobile home • Mobile home lot • Nursing home • Private home • Personal care home • Assisted living facility • Domiciliary care facility • Foster care facility If this is a domiciliary care facility, foster care facility, boarding home or personal care home, a copy of the contract agreement must be submitted with the claim form. If a claimant receives any rent subsidies provided by or through a government agency, the amount of such subsidy must be deducted from the total rent paid. All renters must submit one of the following to substantiate the amount of rent paid: • A fully completed Rent Certificate (PA-1000 RC) for each place the claimant rented and occupied during the year, completed and signed by the landlord or authorized agent; • A fully completed Rent Certificate, filled out by the claimant, along with a completed and notarized Occupancy Affidavit stating the reason the landlord’s signature could not be obtained; • A fully completed Rent Certificate, filled out by the claimant, along with copies of rent receipts signed by the landlord or authorized agent for each month the claimant is claiming the rent www.revenue.pa.gov rebate, showing the claimant’s name, address of the rental unit, the amount paid and the period for which the rent was paid. The department will only allow the rebate based on amounts for periods for which rent receipts are submitted; or • A statement from a housing authority that contains each of the following: ° Name and address of the claimant; ° Name, address, building name, federal tax identification number and telephone number of the authority; ° The amount and date of each payment; ° A statement that the authority was required to pay property taxes or make payments in lieu thereof; and ° An original signature of a representative of the authority. If a properly completed Rent Certificate is provided, no rent receipts are necessary. If a landlord is exempt from paying property taxes and does not make payment in lieu of such taxes, a rent rebate will be denied. The Department of Revenue maintains a record of exempt rental units and will review each claim to determine a unit’s eligibility. It is presumed that the exemption from payment of such taxes has already been figured into the amount charged to the lessee resulting in lower rent than would normally be charged. If there is a monthly charge that includes items other than rent, such as board, meals, personal cleaning services, nursing care, medications, etc., the amount applicable for rent must be obtained from the landlord. Only the amounts attributable to rent may be considered. NOTE: Amounts that are separately charged for storage and/or parking are not includable. Checks, money orders, money order receipts and similar records, cancelled or otherwise, are not acceptable forms of proof of rent paid. Page 7 PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM www.revenue.pa.gov COMPLETION OF THE PA RENT CERTIFICATE AND RENTAL OCCUPANCY AFFIDAVIT (PA-1000 RC) Enter the name of the claimant as shown on the PA-1000 and his/her SSN. 1. Enter the street address (not PO Box), City, State and ZIP Code of the residence for which the PA-1000 RC is being completed. NOTE: The residence must be in Pennsylvania. 2. Enter the business name of the lessor or the name of the landlord (last name, first name and middle initial) if an individual, the complete address and the landlord’s federal tax identification number, if applicable. If there is none, do not enter the SSN. Include the landlord’s daytime telephone number. 3. Fill in completely the appropriate oval indicating the type of rental unit and include the building name, if there is one. 4. The total amount of rent per month must be entered. If the total includes security deposits, amounts paid for food, medicine, medical care or personal care, these amounts must be excluded. Only the amount that is allocated for rent is to be entered. If the amount of rent paid during the year was changed, explain the difference in the block to the right of Numbers 4 through 6. Divide Block 4 into separate sections and enter each amount in one section. For example, if the rent was raised from $800 to $825 on July 1, a statement explaining the rent was raised $25 on July 1 should be included. 5. If any of the total rent amount was paid or subsidized by a government agency, this amount should be entered in this block. If none, enter “0”. If the amount of subsidy changed during the year, this block should be divided in the same manner as Block 4 and an explanation should be provided. 6. Subtract the amount in Block 5 from the amount in Block 4 to arrive at the amount the claimant was required to pay. If the amount of rent changed during the year, this block should be divided in the same manner as Block 4. 7. Enter the number of months this rental property was occupied by the claimant during the claim year. If less than 12 months, enter an explanation Page 8 in the area provided to the right of Blocks 7 and 8. An example would be if the claimant moved. NOTES: If the taxpayer occupied more than one rental unit during the claim year, separate PA-1000 RC’s must be filed (one for each location). If the figure in Block 6 is divided, this block should also be divided to reflect the number of months for which rent was paid for each figure. 8. Multiply the monthly rent paid by the number of months it was paid and enter the total amount of rent paid for the claim year. 9. Enter the result on the Rent Certificate and on Line 15 of the claim form or the appropriate line(s) of Schedules D, E or F. If a rent certificate was completed by the landlord or an authorized agent, the landlord or authorized agent must sign the Landlord’s Oath. The signatory must also fill in the appropriate oval affirming either property tax payment or payment in lieu thereof as made. If names other than the claimant’s spouse or minor child(ren) appear on the lease, the signatory must indicate such by filling in the appropriate oval, and PA-1000 Schedule F must be completed and submitted. If the claimant was unable to have the landlord or authorized agent complete this certificate, he/she must complete the Occupancy Affidavit stating why he/she could not get the landlord/agent to complete the form. The claimant must then sign the affidavit and have it notarized. If the landlord/agent has completed the certificate, the claimant should not complete the affidavit. If either the Landlord’s Oath or the Occupancy Affidavit is not completed in full, the rent rebate claim will be denied. PROPERTY OWNER/RENTER If a claimant is filing as an owner and a renter, proof of property taxes paid and verification of rent paid must be submitted. Acceptable forms of proof of paid property taxes are found on Page 5, and acceptable forms of proof of rent paid are found on Pages 6 and 7 of this guide. www.revenue.pa.gov PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM COMPLETING THE PA-1000 GENERAL GUIDELINES If preparing a paper claim form for the claimant, use black ink. Another color will delay the processing of the claim. Use ink only. DO NOT use pencil. Refrain from using White-Out or similar products. Erasable pens may be used to make corrections. When entering letters, use only UPPER CASE block letters. Use the following form for entering letters and numbers: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 1234567890 Print all information neatly inside the boxes on the claim. Print only one letter or number in each box when entering the SSN(s), name(s), address(es), dollar amounts and other information on the claim. If a name, address and/or city begin with Mc, Van, O’, etc., do not enter a space or punctuation mark. Completely fill in all the appropriate ovals on the claim form. Otherwise, type in the information and complete the claim in the myPATH portal for the claimant. SECTION I SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, NAME, ADDRESS AND RESIDENCE INFORMATION If the claimant received a booklet with a preprinted label and the label is correct, use the label. If the label is incorrect, discard it. Do not make any corrections on the label. Even if using the preprinted label, the SSN of the claimant and his/her spouse must be entered. If the spouse did not live with the claimant for the entire year, DO NOT include the spouse’s SSN. Example: The spouse was a nursing home resident for part of the year. You must fill in the claimant’s county and school district codes even if using the preprinted label. If the spouse lived in a nursing home the entire year do not include his/her Social Security number on the claim form. He or she may qualify for a separate rebate on the rent paid to the nursing home. If completing the information in Section I, the following guidelines must be followed: 1. The claimant’s SSN must be entered on the claim. The spouse’s SSN must also be entered if the claimant and spouse resided together for the entire year. 2. Enter the current address of the claimant (or the address where correspondence is to be delivered). This should match the address on the tax bills or the current rental address; if not, an explanation must be included. There are two lines for entering an address. For the First Line of Address, enter the street address. If the address has an apartment number (APT), suite (STE), floor (FL) or rural route number (RR), enter it after the street address. If the street address and the apartment number, suite, etc. do not fit on the First Line of Address, enter the street address on the Second Line of Address and the apartment number, suite, etc. on the First Line of Address. For the Second Line of Address, enter the post office box, if applicable. If there is no post office box, leave the Second Line of Address blank. The U.S. Postal Service prefers that the actual delivery address appears on the line immediately above the city, state and ZIP code. Do not include any punctuation such as apostrophes, commas, periods and hyphens. On the third line, enter the city or post office. If either exceeds 14 letters, use the approved postal abbreviation. Also enter the two-letter state abbreviation and five-digit ZIP Code. Below is an example of a properly completed address. M C D O E A P T 4 5 6 1 2 3 A N Y J O H N S T H A R R I S B U R G J A N E A P A A 2 2 1 7 1 2 8 2 2 2 7 5 U S 3. Enter the spouse’s first name and middle initial, even if deceased. If the spouse is deceased, fillin completely the oval in the upper right-hand corner of Block A, to the right of the spouse’s SSN. This is especially important if the spouse’s name still appears on the tax bill. 4. The two-digit county and school district codes indicating where the claimant resided as of Dec. Page 9 www.revenue.pa.gov PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM 31 of the claim year must be entered. A list of these codes appears on Pages 22 through 24 of this guide. School district codes may also be found on county and/or school tax bills and online at www.revenue.pa.gov/schools. 5. If a claimant has an address within the United States, they are not required to enter the county code. If they have a current mailing address in another country but they are claiming a rebate because they lived at least part of the year in Pennsylvania, they must enter the alphabetic abbreviation for the county. This list of country codes can be found at https://www.irs.gov/ efile-providers/foreign-country-code-listingfor-modernized-e-file under the country codes menu selection. 6. The birth date of all claimants must be entered. 7. A daytime telephone number should be provided. SECTION II FILING STATUS CATEGORIES Fill in completely one oval in each section. Failure to do so will delay the processing of the claim and may reduce the amount of the rebate. 1. Indicate if the claimant is filing as a property owner (P), a renter (R) or both a property owner and a renter (B). A claimant should file as a property owner and a renter when he/she resided in a self-owned home for part of a year (complete PA-1000 Schedule A), owned and occupies a home and rented the land on which it is situated, or owned the land and rented and occupied his/her residence on the land. If filing as an owner/renter, the claimant may be eligible for a tax rebate on the taxes paid and rent paid. 2. Indicate if the claimant was 65 years of age or older as of Dec. 31 of the claim year (A), under 65, but married to and lived with a spouse 65 or older as of Dec. 31 of the claim year (B), a widow/widower 50 to 64 years of age as of Dec. 31 of the claim year (C) or permanently disabled and 18 to 64 years of age as of Dec. 31 of the claim year (D). If more than one category applies, such as being a widow/widower age 50 through 64 and permanently disabled, fill in the first applicable category. If the claimant had been filing as permanently disabled and turned 65 during the claim year, he/she should now file under Category A. Page 10 A surviving spouse age 50 to 64 is eligible for a rebate as a widow or widower, while a surviving spouse who is 65 or older can file as a claimant. A surviving spouse under 50 may be able to file a claim for a deceased claimant if the deceased was 65 or older. The surviving spouse of a former claimant who is now deceased, when filing for the first time in his/her own name, is considered a first-time filer and must submit all documentation required as such. If a widow or widower remarried during the claim year and is between 50 and 64, he/she is entitled to a rebate only for the portion of the year he/she was not married and must complete PA1000 Schedule B. Further, if the person’s most recent marriage ended in divorce and the former spouse subsequently passed away (a “grass widow/widower”), the surviving individual does not qualify as a widow/widower, even if the person had been eligible as a widow/widower prior to the most recent marriage. 3. Indicate if the claim is being filed on behalf of a decedent (a claimant who died during the claim year who otherwise would have been an eligible claimant under (A), (B), (C) or (D) for Line 2 in Section II). The type of claimant under which the decedent qualifies under Line 2 must also be included. A copy of the death certificate must be submitted and Schedule G must be completed. SECTION III TOTAL INCOME AND CALCULATION OF REBATE PA-1000 Lines 4 through 19 A claimant must report all income (except exempt income identified in this section) received and/or earned during the claim year, including that of a spouse while residing together in the same household. This includes income that may or may not be taxable or reportable for federal or Pennsylvania income tax purposes. The department will accept copies of federal or Pennsylvania tax returns as proof of income, however if income not reported on these forms has been earned and/or received, it must be supported by documentation. All income except Social Security, SSI and SSP received by a claimant and his/her spouse residing together and showing a Pennsylvania address must be documented. Proof of Social Security, SSI and SSP are www.revenue.pa.gov PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM not required, as the Social Security Administration provides the department with a record of these benefits. • The income earned and/or received by any household resident other than a claimant and/or spouse, whether related or not, should not be included. • GAINS AND LOSSES: The rules governing the handling of gains and losses in the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are the same as those for Pennsylvania income tax. That is, a claimant’s loss in one category of income (sale, exchange or disposition of property, rental income or business income) may not be used to offset a spouse’s gain in that same category and vice versa. In order for a loss to offset a gain, the ownership must be consistent. Also, a loss in one category may not be used to offset a gain in any other category. Please be sure the claimant’s SSN appears on each proof document. The following income should not be included when determining eligibility for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program: • 50 percent of Social Security benefits appearing in Block 5 of the SSA-1099 • 50 percent of SSI • 50 percent of SSP • 50 percent of Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits from RRB-1099 • Federal veterans’ disability payments or state veterans’ disability benefits received by the veteran or unmarried surviving spouse • The first $5,000 of life insurance death benefits • A gift of money or property of $300 or less, as well as the first $300 of any gift in excess of $300 • Any gift from a household member • Medicare benefits • Food stamps, surplus foods, HUD rent (Section 8), Medicare premiums paid by Department of Human Services or any other non-cash relief from a government agency • Property Tax/Rent Rebate previously received • The amount of any damages due to personal injuries or sickness including Black Lung benefits and benefits granted under Section 306(c) of the Worker’s Compensation Security Fund Act (relating to Schedule of Compensation for dis- • • • • • • • • • • • ability from permanent injuries of certain classes such as amputation) Payments provided to eligible low-income households under the commonwealth’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Payments received by home providers of the domiciliary care program administered by the Department of Aging, except for the amount of those payments in excess of the actual expense of the care Payments from long-term care insurance to someone other than the claimant Individual Retirement Account and employer pension rollovers (must provide a copy of federal Form 1099R indicating rollover or other supporting documentation) Health insurance reimbursement Disability income received by disabled children in the household Federal, state or local tax refunds Spouse’s income earned or received while not living with the claimant Federal stimulus or economic impact payments STRIVE Program credits Child support Public Assistance (welfare) benefits received by children in the household, even though the check is issued in the claimant’s name The difference between the purchase price of the claimant’s residence and its selling price, but only if the proceeds from the sale are used to purchase a new principal residence. All other income earned and/or received by a claimant and spouse while living together must be included. Line 4: Enter the full amount of Social Security benefits from Box 5 of the SSA-1099, SSI and SSP in the area provided. Divide this amount by 2 and enter the amount in the block in the right-hand column. If the claimant has a Pennsylvania address, no documentation is required. If the claimant has an out-of-state address, a copy of SSA-1099(s) and other proof documents must be provided. Line 5: Enter the full amount of Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits in the area provided. Divide this amount by Page 11 PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM 2 and enter the amount in the block in the right-hand column. A copy of RRB-1099(s) must be submitted. Line 6: Enter the full, gross amount of all pensions, annuities, Individual Retirement Account (IRA) distributions, Railroad Retirement Tier 2 benefits and Civil Service disability benefits (not including black lung benefits). Copies of pension/annuity benefit statements and/or 1099(s) must be submitted. If there are one or more distributions from annuity, life insurance or endowment contracts reported on Form 1099-R that are included as interest income on the PA-40 Personal Income Tax Return, please write “Included as Interest Income on PA-40” across the top of any Form 1099-R for such distributions and include copies of all Forms 1099-R with the claim form. Line 7: Enter the full amount of all interest and dividends received and/or credited during the year (including capital gains reported on a 1099 DIV from a mutual fund), whether or not actually received. This includes nontaxable interest from U.S. savings bonds, Pennsylvania bonds, municipal bonds, those statutorily exempt, etc. Copies of the federal Schedule B, PA-40 A/B, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, federal Schedule K-1, PA RK1 and/or PA NRK-1, or any other document to verify the amounts reported must be submitted. Line 8: Enter the amount of gain or loss realized from the sale or exchange of all stocks, bonds and other real, tangible and/or intangible property (with the exception of a personal residence when the proceeds are used to purchase a new principal residence). Losses on the sale of property may be used to offset gains on the sale of other property as long as the ownership is consistent, however a loss in this category may not be used to offset any income reported on another line of income. If there is a net loss, the oval in front of the reporting boxes must be filled in or the figure will be considered as a gain. Further, losses on the sale of property for personal use cannot be used to offset any gain. Only losses on investment property can be used to offset gains. For the purposes of this program, the historic gain or loss must be used. Submit federal Schedule D, PA-40 Schedule D, federal Schedule K-1, PA RK-1 Page 12 www.revenue.pa.gov or PA NRK-1 to verify the figure reported. If the claimant sold his/her primary personal residence and is not using the proceeds to purchase a new primary personal residence, a statement showing the sales price less the sum of the original cost plus any permanent improvements must submitted (PA1000 Schedule A must be completed). Line 9: Enter the total net rental, royalty, patent and/or copyright income or loss for the claim year. Rental losses may be used to offset any income reported in this category as long as ownership is consistent, however a net loss in this category cannot be used to offset a gain on another line of income. If there is a net loss, the oval in front of the reporting boxes on this line must be filled in or the figure entered will be treated as a gain. Rental income does not include amounts of those who share expenses within a household. If the claimant rents a portion of his/her primary personal residence to a boarder, including a room, garage, etc., a PA-1000 Schedule E must be completed. A copy of the federal or PA40 Schedule E, federal Schedule K-1, PA RK-1 or PA NRK-1 must be submitted to verify this income. Line 10: Enter the total net income or loss from a business, profession, farm, partnership and/or Pennsylvania Sub S corporation. Losses in this category may be used to offset a gain reported in this category as long as the ownership is consistent, however a net loss in this category cannot be used to offset a gain on another line of income. If there is a net loss, the oval in front of the reporting boxes on this line must be filled in or the figure entered will be treated as a gain. If the business operates out of the claimant’s primary personal residence, a PA-1000 Schedule E must be completed. A copy of the federal Schedule C or F, PA Schedule C or F, PA-40 Schedule C-F, federal Schedule K-1, PA RK-1 or PA NRK-1 must be submitted to substantiate the income or loss from each business. Lines 11a - 11g - Other Income: Complete Lines 11a through 11g to report all other income that you and your spouse earned, received and realized. For each category of income shown below, you must submit proof, such as photocopies of Forms W-2, Department of Human Services cash assis- PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM tance statements, your federal or PA income tax returns, and any other documents verifying income. Line 11a: Enter the total of any salaries, wages, bonuses, commissions, estate and trust income. Submit a copy of W-2(s), 1099 MISC(s), PA-40 Schedule W-2S, PA-40 Schedule MC, federal Schedule K-1, PA RK-1, PA NRK-1 or the federal or Pennsylvania income tax return to verify this income. Line 11b: Enter the net total of all gambling and lottery winnings. This includes Pennsylvania Lottery winnings and other prizes and awards. This also includes the fair market value of items received. Losses may be used to offset these winnings, but not expenses. Losses may not exceed the amount of winnings. In other words; there cannot be a net loss in this category. A PA-40 Schedule T should be completed to verify these winnings, as well as a W-2G to document PA Lottery winnings. Line 11c: Enter the value of any inheritance, alimony and spousal support. Both cash and the fair market value of items received must be included. However, do not include any child support received for a dependent child, even if received in the name of the claimant or claimant’s spouse. Submit appropriate documentation to verify this amount. Line 11d: Enter the amount of any cash public assistance and/ or relief, unemployment compensation, disability payments and workers’ compensation (except Section 306(c) benefits) received by the claimant or the claimant’s spouse living with the claimant. NOTE: A claimant renter receiving cash public assistance is not eligible for the rent rebate for those months the assistance was received. If the claimant received cash public assistance for the entire year, no claim for rent rebate may be filed. If the cash public assistance was received for only a portion of the year, PA-1000 Schedule D must be completed. This does not apply if the cash public assistance was received by the spouse of the claimant or by any other person in the household. Submit a copy of the Department of Human Services cash assistance statement, the federal income tax return (Form 1040) or any other documentation to verify this income. www.revenue.pa.gov Line 11e: Enter the total gross amount of loss of time insurance benefits, disability insurance benefits, long-term care insurance benefits received directly by the claimant (not included if paid to the facility) and life insurance benefits and proceeds (excluding the first $5,000 of the total death benefit payments). Submit appropriate documentation to verify the amount reported. Line 11f: Enter the total amount of any gifts that exceeded $300, whether the gifts were cash or property. Do not include the value of gifts between members of the household. A list of those gifts reported on this line should be provided. Line 11g: Include any other income not already reported and not specifically excluded plus the amount of annualized income for a deceased claimant. If a claimant died during the claim year, an annualized income amount must also be included. To calculate the annualized income amount, complete Schedule G. Submit a listing and value of the other income amounts reported as well as proof documents to verify the amounts. NOTES: If a claimant had significant income that is not typically received in equal amounts throughout the claim year, or if the number-of-days method does not accurately calculate the annualized income, the claim may be filed using an alternative method for determining the annualized income amount to be included on Line 11g. A worksheet must be included to show how the amount of annualized income was determined in those instances. The worksheet must clearly show how the income was determined and an explanation of the reason for deviating from the Schedule G method. Examples of when the claim would be filed using an alternative method include instances where there is income from a one-time event such as a gain on the sale of stock, lump sum payments from an IRA or annuity, an amount is reported as an inheritance or a payment is received as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy. Proof of the deviation from the number-of-days method may be required. Reasonable methods of calculating the annualized income amount will be accepted. A claim filed by surviving spouse who is 65 or older, a widow or widower age 50 to 64 or a disabled person is not required to include an annualized Page 13 www.revenue.pa.gov PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM income amount for their deceased spouse. The total income for the year of the surviving spouse and only the income earned by the deceased through his/her date of death is required to be included in these circumstances. Line 12: If benefits were received from the federal Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) for a retired federal civil service employee or surviving spouse, reduce the total eligibility income by 50% of the average retired worker Social Security payment. The average retired worker Social Security payment is $9,514. If both the claimant and spouse received CSRS benefits, or if the claimant received his/her own CSRS benefit and CSRS benefits as a surviving spouse, enter $19,028 on Line 12. Enter an amount on Line 12 only if CSRS benefits are included in Line 6. Otherwise, enter $0. Line 13: Add the positive income figures reported on Lines 4 through 11g, subtract the amount on Line 12 (if applicable) and enter the net result on Lines 13 and 23. Do not include losses reported on Lines 8, 9 and/or 10. If this amount exceeds $15,000, the person is not eligible for a rent rebate. If this amount exceeds $35,000, the person is not entitled to any rebate. Property Owners Lines 14 and 15 are to be filled in only by claimants who filled in the oval marked “P. Property Owner” or “B. Owner/Renter” in Section II of the claim form. NOTE: If a claimant’s total income as shown on Line 13 is over $35,000, he/she is not entitled to a rebate. Line 14: To determine the amount to enter on Line 14, first determine if any of the Schedules A, B, E and/or F apply to the claimant. See Pages 17 through 19 to determine if one or more of these schedules must be included. If more than one schedule applies, they must be completed in the order of A, B, E and then F and use the amount from any previously completed schedule on the next schedule in succession. If a schedule does not apply, skip it and complete the next schedule that applies. Use the amount from the last schedule completed to enter on Line 14. If none of the Schedules A, B, E and F applies, enter the amount of property taxes paid on the residence. Page 14 NOTE: Be sure to include the total amount of property taxes paid for the year when entering the tax amount on this line or on the first schedule that applies, as the amount from Line 14 is also used to determine if a supplemental rebate will be paid (see Page 6). The department will calculate and determine the amount of any supplemental rebate. Line 15: To determine the amount for Line 15, start by using the total income amount from Line 23. In Table A from the claim form or the table below, find the income range that includes the Line 23 amount and circle the corresponding Maximum Standard Rebate amount. Compare this amount to the amount on Line 14 and enter the lesser of the two amounts on Line 15. INCOME MAXIMUM STANDARD LEVEL REBATE 0 to $8,000 $650 $8,001 to $15,000 $500 $15,001 to $18,000 $300 $18,001 to $35,000 $250 No rebate will be issued for less than $10, and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Applicants qualifying for supplemental rebates may receive up to $975 (see Page 6). The department will calculate the amount of any supplemental rebate. Renters Lines 16, 17 and 18 are to be filled in only by claimants who filled in the oval marked “R. Renter” or “B. Owner/Renter” in Section II of the claim form. NOTE: If a claimant’s total income as shown on Line 12 is over $15,000, he/she is not entitled to a rent rebate (an owner/renter may still be entitled to a property tax rebate). Line 16: To determine the amount to enter on Line 16, first decide if any of the Schedules B, D, E and/or F apply. See Pages 18 through 19 to determine if one or more of these schedules must be included. If more than one schedule applies, they must be completed in the order of B, D, E and then F and use the amount from any previously completed schedule on the next schedule in succession. If a schedule does not apply, skip it and complete the next schedule that applies. Use the amount from the last schedule completed to enter on Line 16. If none of www.revenue.pa.gov PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM the Schedules B, D, E and F applies, enter the total amount of rent paid on the residence. (see Page 6). The department will calculate the amount of any supplemental rebate. Line 17: Multiply the amount on Line 16 by 0.2. Direct Deposit Line 18: To determine the amount for Line 18, start by using the total income amount from Line 23. In Table B from the claim form or the table below, find the income range that includes the Line 23 amount and circle the corresponding Maximum Rebate amount. Compare this amount to the amount on Line 17 and enter the lesser of the two amounts on Line 18. INCOME LEVEL 0 to $8,000 $8,001 to $15,000 MAXIMUM REBATE $650 $500 No rebate will be issued for less than $10 and the maximum rebate is $650. Owner/Renter Line 19: This line is to be completed only in cases where a claimant qualifies as an owner and a renter and has filled in the oval marked “B. Owner/Renter” in Section II of the claim form. Lines 14 and 15 must be completed to determine the amount of the property tax rebate allowed. Lines 16, 17 and 18 must be completed to determine the amount of rent rebate allowed. However, if the income claimed on Line 13 is greater than $15,000, the rent rebate portion cannot be claimed. To determine the amount for Line 19, start with the amount of income on Line 23. In Table A on the claim form or the following table, find the income range that includes your Line 23 amount and circle the corresponding Maximum Rebate amount. Compare this amount to the sum of Lines 15 and 18 and enter the lesser of the two amounts on Line 19. INCOME MAXIMUM STANDARD LEVEL REBATE 0 to $8,000 $650 $8,001 to $15,000 $500 $15,001 to $18,000 $300 $18,001 to $35,000 $250 No rebate will be issued for less than $10 and the maximum rebate is $650. Applicants qualifying for supplemental rebates may receive more than $650 If a claimant wishes to have a rebate directly deposited into a checking or savings account, Lines 20, 21 and 22 must be completed. In order to comply with banking rules, direct deposit is not available for rebates going to bank accounts outside the U.S. NOTE: If the direct deposit request is to a representative payee bank account or bank account for anyone other than the claimant or the claimant’s spouse (in the case of a joint claim), each claim filed requesting payment to that account must include a copy of the contract, agreement, or other document authorizing the payee as the proper receiver of the claimant’s rebate. If the department cannot verify the rebate is authorized for direct deposit into a representative payee bank account, a direct deposit payment request will be converted into a paper check to be mailed to the claimant. Line 20: Place an “X” in the appropriate block indicating checking or savings account. Line 21: Enter the routing number. This number must be nine digits, of which the first two must be 01 through 12 or 21 through 32. Include any hyphens, but omit any spaces and special symbols. This number is found on a check except in the case where the check is payable through a bank different from the financial institution where the claimant has his/her account. Do not use numbers from a deposit slip. If there is any doubt as to the correct routing number, have the claimant obtain the information from his/her financial institution. Line 22: Enter the account number to which the rebate is to be deposited. This may be up to 17 characters in length and include both numbers and letters. Include any hyphens, but do not include any other special characters. The numbers should be entered from left to right leaving any unused blocks blank. Do not use numbers from a deposit slip. If there is any doubt as to the correct account number, have the claimant obtain the information from his/her financial institution. Page 15 PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM If the claimant’s bank recently changed ownership, the information on the check may not be accurate. Be sure to ask the claimant if this is the current name of the financial institution. If not, have the claimant obtain the correct routing number and account number from the institution. The Department of Revenue is not responsible for a lost rebate, if incorrect information was entered on the claim form. If the financial institution returns the deposit or there is any other reason that the direct deposit cannot be made, the department will mail a check to the claimant. The Department of Revenue cannot change the banking information entered on the claim form. If the information entered is not accurate or up to date, the department will send a check instead of making a direct deposit into the claimant’s account. The Department of Revenue will convert a direct deposit payment request into a paper check to be mailed to the claimant if the department cannot verify the rebate is authorized for direct deposit into a representative payee bank account. Line 23: Line 23 is used to determine the correct rebate amount. Enter the amount from Line 13 of the claim form on this line and circle the corresponding Maximum Standard Rebate or Maximum Rebate amount for your income level. Owners use Table A and Renters use Table B. www.revenue.pa.gov claim filed by a member of this household. The signature of the claimant also gives the Department of Revenue the authority to access the claimant’s Pennsylvania income tax records, federal income tax records, Social Security records, PACE records and/or Department of Human Services records to verify the truth, accuracy and completeness of the information on the claim. If the claimant signs, the name must match the name on the label or printed in the blocks on the name line. If someone other than the claimant signs the claim, documentation verifying that person’s authority to sign for the claimant must be submitted with the claim, such as a copy of the Power of Attorney or guardianship papers. If the claimant makes a mark in lieu of a signature, two people must witness the making of the mark and sign attesting to witnessing the making of the mark. The name of the claimant’s Power of Attorney, nearest relative or other person with intimate knowledge of the claimant, along with that person’s telephone number and address, is to be printed in the areas provided. This helps the department locate a claimant if a rebate
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