The Department of Revenue has announced that the stimulus checks, otherwise known as economic impact payments, being distributed by the Federal government are not subject to Pennsylvania personal income tax. Rather, the payments being distributed as part of the Federal economic stimulus legislation that was signed into law in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be considered a rebate that is non-taxable in Pennsylvania.

The Department has also clarified that the stimulus checks will not be considered as income for applicants of the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.  Further, the deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2019 has been extended from June 30 to December 31, 2020.