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Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit (PTC) Rebate
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Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit (PTC) Rebate

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PTC Rebate Applications Are Now Available in Spanish!

The Property Tax, Rent, Heat (PTC) Rebate application form and instructions are now available in Spanish, beginning with the 2021 benefit year. Please visit Tax.Colorado.gov/PTC-rebate-forms to learn more. 

Individuals who do not have a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) may still be eligible for the PTC rebate. These individuals can use the Application for Alternate Identification Number (DR 0019) to apply for an alternate ID. For form instructions and more information, visit the Alternate Identification Number web page. 

¡Las solicitudes de reembolso de PTC ya están disponibles en español!

El formulario de solicitud de reembolso de impuestos sobre la propiedad, alquiler y calefacción (PTC) y las instrucciones ahora están disponibles en español, a partir del año de beneficios 2021. Visite Tax.Colorado.gov/PTC-rebate-forms para obtener más información. (Use el traductor automático al píe de la página para ver información en español.)

Las personas que no tienen un Número de Seguro Social o un Número de Identificación Personal del Contribuyente (ITIN) aún pueden ser elegibles para el reembolso de PTC. Estas personas pueden usar la solicitud de número de identificación alternativo (DR 0019) para solicitar una identificación alternativa. Para obtener instrucciones sobre el formulario y obtener más información, visite la página web número de identificación alternativo.

About the PTC Rebate

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PTC Rebate Eligibility

Many Coloradans may be eligible for the Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit rebate, also known as the "PTC Rebate," which is available every year. You may qualify for the PTC Rebate if you are a full-year Colorado resident who is 65 years of age or older, a surviving spouse 58 years of age or older, or disabled, regardless of age. The rebate amount is based on the applicant's income and expenses.

Any Colorado resident who meets the requirements listed below for the rebate should submit the rebate application DR 0104PTC. Once you complete the application you can bring the application to a Colorado Department of Revenue Taxpayer Service Center or send it in by mail to:

Colorado Department of Revenue
Denver, CO 80261-0005.
 

Eligibility Requirements 

You may be able to claim the 2021 PTC rebate if:

  • You resided in Colorado the entire year.
  • Your income is under the limit for the year (including your spouse, if applicable) listed in the table below. 
  • You (or your spouse, if applicable) were:
    • Disabled for the entire year (regardless of age) or
    • You were at least 65 years old by December 31, 2021, or are a surviving spouse at least 58 years old by December 31, 2021.
    • You are not claimed as a dependent on any other person's federal income tax return.

Income limits and other criteria may also be found in the PTC rebate application booklet for the application year. 

Income Requirements

Filing Status Income Limit for 2021
Single $15,831
Married (Filing Jointly) $21,381
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2021 Application Rebate Dates

The Colorado PTC Rebate is paid on a set schedule based on when your application is processed. This schedule cannot be changed, except that if a processing or payment date falls on a weekend or holiday, it will be moved to the next business day. Please review the schedule in the chart below.

For the fastest delivery of your rebate, file your application in January or early February and sign up for Direct Deposit. The Department requests that you do not call about your rebate prior to the applicable payment date because service representatives will not be able to update you on the status of your application until that time.  If your application is not approved, the Department will mail you a letter. You can check the status of your rebate online by following the instructions below.

 

Application Received, Approved, and Processed Before Direct Deposit Payment Dates Paper Check Payment Dates Amount of Each Installment Payment Number of Equal Installments
March 10, 2022 April 5, 2022 April 15, 2022 1/4 of total rebate 4
June 10, 2022 July 5, 2022 July 15, 2022 1/3 of total rebate 3
September 10, 2022 October 5, 2022 October 15, 2022 1/2 of total rebate 2
December 10, 2022 January 5, 2023 January 15, 2023 Full rebate 1
December 31, 2023 10 Weeks after receipt 12 weeks after receipt Full rebate 1

 

Rebate Dates for Prior Year Applications - If filing a prior year rebate application, please see the booklet for that specific rebate year for the appropriate rebate dates.

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. How do I apply for the PTC Rebate?

Online

If you have received rebates for the last two years, you can file a PTC Rebate application online instead of on paper. Please note, you will need a valid email address to complete an application online.

  1. Go to Revenue Online
  2. Click on "File a PTC Rebate Application" in the box labeled "File a Return or PTC Form"
  3. Select the year you are filing for and click "Continue"
  4. If you meet the eligibility requirements listed, click "Next" in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  5. Complete the Demographics Information (labeled Step 2 in Revenue Online). Answer the questions, fill in any requested information, and click "Next" in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  6. Complete the Application information (labeled Step 3). Answer the questions, fill in any requested information, and click "Next" in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  7. Provide your direct deposit information for the rebate (labeled Step 4) and click "Next" in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  8. Verify your information (labeled Step 5) and click "Submit" in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Download Application Instructions PDF

Paper Application

  1. If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, visit the PTC Rebate Forms web page.
  2. Download and print the DR 0104PTC for the tax year you are filing for.
  3. Complete the DR 0104PTC (instructions are on the form).
  4. Include any requested documentation with your DR 0104PTC. 
  5. You can either visit a Taxpayer Service Center to submit it in person or you can mail your application to this address (no street address is necessary): 
Colorado Department of Revenue
Denver, CO 80261-0005
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2. How do I get FREE PTC Rebate application assistance?

  • The Tax Service Centers provide assistance with PTC applications in person. Go to the Visit a Taxpayer Service Center web page for information on how to make an appointment.  
  • Free assistance for completing the PTC application and Colorado income tax forms is available to families making less than $57,000 and Single filers making less than $35,000 through the Denver Asset Building Coalition.

Note: If you need help filing your individual income tax return, additional community organizations are available to help with filing your tax return. Visit the Community Tax Help web page for more information. 

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3. How do I check my PTC Rebate application status?

  1. Go to Revenue Online.
  2. In the "Where's My Refund?" box, click on "Colorado Property Tax, Rent and Heat Rebate (PTC)" .
  3. On the next screen, enter your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  4. On the same page, also enter your PTC Rebate amount or your Letter ID number.
    • The rebate amount you enter should be the amount of the current installment that you are expecting, not the full rebate amount for the year.
    • Your Letter ID number can be found on a letter from the Department, if you received one. It begins with the letter L, then has numbers after it. Enter the full number, including the "L." 
  5. The system will not show your full rebate amount. It will only show the status of your most current rebate installment. 

Download Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Check Your Rebate Status

Note: Applicants who are using an alternate ID (not a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) will not be able to check the status of their application using Revenue Online.  

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4. Can I receive the rebate via direct deposit?

Yes, if you have a checking or savings account, you can receive your PTC rebate via direct deposit. Be sure to complete the account number and routing number section on your PTC Rebate Application (DR 0104PTC). 

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5. What is the deadline to file the PTC application?

  • 2021: Applications for the Colorado PTC Rebate for 2021 are due by December 31, 2023.  
  • 2020: Applications are due for tax year 2020 by December 31, 2022. 
  • 2019 and prior: The application deadline has passed. You can no longer apply for these years. 
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6. What should I expect after I apply for a rebate?

The Department will evaluate the information included with your application to determine whether you qualify for the rebate. Please be as thorough and complete as possible when you file your application. If more information is needed to process your PTC Rebate application or your application is not approved, the Department will send a letter to the address on your application. Currently, all correspondence from the Department is only available in English. 

If your application is complete and you meet the qualifications, the Department will finish processing your application and send you a letter confirming that you were approved for a rebate and the expected installments it will be paid out in.

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7. What if I do not have a Social Security Number or ITIN?

Individuals who do not have a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) may still be eligible for the PTC rebate. These individuals can use the Application for Alternate Identification Number (DR 0019) to apply for an alternate ID. For form instructions and more information, visit the Alternate Identification Number web page. 

Do not complete the alternate application if you have a social Security Number or ITIN. If you have a Social Security Number or ITIN you must use one of those ID numbers to apply.

Note: Please allow additional processing time for PTC Rebate Applications using alternate IDs.

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8. What income should I report on my application?

You must report this income: 

  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) payments received for yourself
  • Alimony
  • Capital Gains
  • Commissions
  • Disability 
  • Farm income or loss (exclude expenses, but not depreciation)
  • Gambling winnings (e.g. casino winnings, sports betting winnings, online gaming winnings, etc.)
  • Inheritance
  • Income from contract work (generally you will receive a 1099 for this type of work)
  • Income from employment (generally you will receive a W-2 for this type of work)
  • Income from gig work/app-based pay-per-task work (generally you will receive a 1099 for this type of work)
  • Life insurance distributions (exclude funeral expenses) 
  • Lottery winnings 
  • Oil and gas related royalties and income
  • Railroad retirement (Tier 1 and Tier 2)
  • Rental income/loss (exclude expenses, but not depreciation)
  • Royalties (e.g. from the creation of artistic works or music, from mining/drilling natural resources from your property, etc.)
  • Stock dividends or rights (only if reported on federal income tax return)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 
  • Veterans benefits
  • Workers compensation distributions

Do not report this income: 

  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) payments for your dependent children
  • Adult foster care assistance
  • Capital Losses or return of capital  
  • Child support received
  • Gifts
  • Heat and fuel assistance (e.g. Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • Home care allowances 
  • Income Tax Refunds
  • PTC Rebates received from a prior year
  • Veteran service-connected disability benefits (permanent)