THE holidays just got a little sweeter for thousands of Pennsylvanians thanks to refunds and income tax cuts.
The State Department of Revenue announced Monday that letters will be sent to “tens of thousands” of low-income residents eligible for refunds through the tax forgiveness program.
Anyone who receives the letters must file a Pennsylvania income tax return to claim the refund.
Refunds can be as high as $1,000 depending on the applicant’s income and how many dependents are in their household.
“We want to reach as many Pennsylvania residents as possible who are eligible for this program to let them know that their refunds are waiting for them,” said Dan Hassel, Pennsylvania’s secretary of revenue.
The tax program reimburses approximately $240 million to more than 1 million Pennsylvanians each year. The problem is that many eligible people don’t file.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Filers who have paid state income taxes can be refunded for all or part of the amount they paid through the program.
Low-income workers and retirees who have not withheld state income tax from any income may also receive tax exemption.
One in five households is eligible for a waiver, according to the department. Especially families with low-income employees and retirees.
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A family of two adults and two children can make up to $34,000 and still receive a refund.
Households with a single parent and two children with incomes up to $27,750 are also eligible for forgiveness.
People can check their eligibility on revenue.pa.gov and click on the tax exemption page.
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