Gov. Shapiro expands Childcare Tax Credit, Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

Governor Josh Shapiro has announced the expansion of the child and dependent care tax credit and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) program.

Shapiro signed legislation in December to increase the maximum state child care credit from $630 to $2,100 for 2024. The maximum amount of credit you can receive is $1,050 for one child and $2,100 for two or more children. 

To be eligible, households must have incurred expenses for a dependent child under 13 years old or an individual who was physically or mentally incapable of self-care. Applicants do not need to receive federal credit in order to be eligible for state credit in Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania’s childcare credit is now equal to 100 percent of the federal credit. It was previously a 30 percent match, Shapiro’s office said.

“It feels like the price of everything from groceries to childcare is increasing and they need a little bit of help to be able to get by,” Shapiro said. “This expanded child tax care credit is a prime example of government working together, to deliver real and tangible results for the good people of Pennsylvania.”

To check your eligibility and apply for the Childcare Tax Credit, you can click here. More information can be found here.

Expansion to Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

Governor Shapiro also signed a new law, Act 7 of 2023, that significantly expands the Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) program. 

The Department of Revenue has opened the filing period for eligible applicants to submit applications for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2023.

Under the expansion, nearly 175,000 more Pennsylvanians will qualify for a property tax or rent rebate. At the same time, many of the 430,000 claimants who previously qualified under the program’s prior guidelines will see their rebates increase.

It is the largest targeted tax cut for seniors nearly two decades, Shapiro’s office said.

To check your eligibility and apply for the Property Tax Rent Rebate program, you can click here. More information can be found here.

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