Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced the additional rebate last month, saying he was “proud” of the initiative, which will provide recipients with a one-time payment of 70% of the value of their 2021 rebate or a maximum amount of $1,657.50.
“I am proud that bonus rebates are starting to roll out to Pennsylvanians in need this week,” Wolf said in a press release. “For older adults in particular, many of whom are on a fixed income, a bonus Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program rebate this year will be a game changer. These bonus rebates will help older adults and Pennsylvanians with disabilities stay in their homes.”
The payments will be delivered to the 361,042 eligible recipients, per the state Department of Revenue, ahead of schedule, according to Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell.
“Although we originally said that we expected one-time bonus rebates to be paid starting in September, we are extremely pleased that we’re ahead of schedule and prepared to start providing this needed relief earlier than anticipated,” Hassell said. “At the same time, we are asking claimants who are expecting a paper check in the mail to be patient. It will take several weeks to mail all of the checks for the one-time bonus rebates, whereas those who elected direct deposit on their application forms should see their bonus rebates sooner.”
The original bill, which authorized the one-time “bonus rebates,” was signed by Wolf in early August. The relief is intended to help with rising costs due to inflation. The one-time payments are being paid for with $140 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden in March 2021.
States have used excess funds from the American Rescue Plans in various different ways, such as an Illinois city using funds to support a pilot program testing a form of basic income.