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Pennsylvanians Can Now Apply for Tax Credit, Direct Payment Worth Up To $975; When To Receive Extra Cash?

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Hundreds of thousands of Americans must act quickly to qualify for tax credit and direct payouts of up to $975. 

Residents of Pennsylvania who are elderly or disabled will be eligible for a property tax and rent rebate starting in 2023, and applications are already being accepted. 

Americans are also eligible for a new $250 tax credit, but only if they meet a specific set of requirements. 

Tax Credit in Pennsylvania: Are You Eligible?

The tax credit authorized on Wednesday is readily available in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

County commissioners approved the credit, resulting in a $250 real estate tax credit for volunteer emergency first responders. 

Dauphin County commissioner Mike Pries said the credit is a means to express gratitude to those who give their time voluntarily to defend the neighborhood.

“The hundreds of volunteers in Dauphin County are committed to protecting us every day, and we need to do what we can to keep that volunteer force as robust as possible,” commissioner Mike Pries said, according to WGAL.

Last year, there were 312,000 emergency dispatches, including 50,000 EMS calls and 12,000 fire calls in Dauphin County, The Sun said.

Of those, 20% of the emergency dispatches were from volunteer EMS and firemen. 

In all, the county has about 40 volunteer fire departments. 

Additionally, there is optimism that the tax credit would boost the number of volunteer first responders, particularly in light of the severe staffing shortages for these vital services that exist in counties around the country.

Your local fire and EMS department will likely be the source of your check if you volunteer as a first responder in Dauphin County. 

All qualified volunteers will get checks whenever the departments receive them. 

To be eligible, you must be a first responder volunteer and a resident of Dauphin County. 

The county expects to send out all checks in February. 

The tax credit will remain in effect every year.

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Direct Payments For Disabled, Older Residents of Pennsylvania

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania residents who are elderly or disabled may be eligible for direct payments totaling up to $975 through rent and property tax rebates in 2023. The application period started this week. 

Since it was established in 1971, the rebate program has traditionally given qualified households more than $7.6 billion in an effort to aid individuals who are less likely to be able to purchase their houses. 

Another The Sun report mentioned that more than 450,000 eligible Pennsylvanians are invited to submit their applications by visiting the state website. 

As long as they are 65 years of age or older, widowers who are 50 years of age or older, or adults with disabilities, those who fulfill the income requirements are eligible for the payout.

In Pennsylvania, the usual reimbursement for property taxes and rent is $650; however, certain homeowners will also get extra payments, raising their rebate to $975. 

For homeowners, the particular amounts vary according on income: 

  • Up to $8,000: $650 
  • $8,000 to $15,000: $500 
  • $15,000 to $18,000: $300 
  • $18,000 to $35,000: $250 

In the meantime, the rules for renting are as follows: 

  • Up to $8,000: $650 
  • $8,000 to $15,000: $500

Rebates will start to be given out in July.

Additionally, a Where’s My Rebate feature is provided to help you monitor the progress of your reimbursement. 

Your Social Security number, claim year, and birthdate are required in order to use this service.

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