The Property Tax, Rent Heat (PTC) Rebate is now available to Colorado residents based on income including people with disabilities and older adults to help with their property tax, rent and/or heat expenses this winter and beyond. The rebate amount can be up to $1,044 a year for applicants and if you apply in 2023, you could receive up to a $1,000 refundable tax credit. The Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) outreach campaign increased the number of applications by more than 14% in 2022 compared to 2021. In 2023, this program could provide more than $7 million in relief to Coloradans ensuring seniors and Coloradans with disabilities can heat and remain in their homes. In an effort to continue awareness of this program, the DOR will offer the PTC Rebate application form and instructions in Spanish again for the 2022 benefit year.
Anyone who has applied for the rebate for the last two years will be able to file the application for free electronically through our free and secure Revenue Online service at Colorado.gov/RevenueOnline. Click on "File a PTC Rebate Application." Supporting documentation must be submitted as electronic attachments when the application is filed in Revenue Online.
File Using Paper Forms
PTC Rebate Application
- 2022 Colorado Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate Application
- 2021 Colorado Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate Application
- Driver License/ID Change of Address (DR 2285)
- The address on a PTC application must match the address on file for each applicant's driver license or Colorado ID. If the addresses don't match, the rebate will be delayed. This form is to be used to inform the Motor Vehicle Division of a change of address if you cannot make the change online.
- Application for Alternate Identification Number (DR 0019)
- Colorado Tax Information Authorization or Power of Attorney (DR 0145)
- Only submit this form if you have Power of Attorney on behalf of the PTC Rebate Applicant. For more information, see the Third Party Access web page.
- Note: Only complete and submit the first page of form DR 1102. In the box labeled "Apply address change to account(s)", select the box for "Other" and enter "PTC Rebate". Be sure to complete the "Previous Address and Current Name" section in addition to the new name and address information.
- 1. Do I qualify for the PTC rebate?
Qualifications for the PTC Rebate:
- You lived in Colorado from January 1 - December 31, 2022.
- Your total income from all sources was less than $16,925 for single filers and $22,858 for married filing jointing.
- As of December 31, 2022, you meet one of the criteria below:
- Age 65 or older
- A surviving spouse, age 58 or older. If you were divorced before your spouse died, you are not considered a surviving spouse
- A disabled person of any age who was unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity for medical reasons. You also must have qualified for full benefits from January 1 - December 31, 2022 from a bona fide public or private plan or source, based solely on your disability.
- You paid property, tax, rent or heating bills during this PTC period.
- You were not claimed as a dependent on someone else's federal income tax return.
- 2. What if I don't have a Social Security Number or ITIN?
Individuals who do not have a Social Security Number or ITIN may still be eligible for the PTC rebate. These individuals can access an application at https://tax.colorado.gov/alt-ID-PTC-Rebate. 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 using the application in the instruction book.
- 3. What income should I consider?
You must report this income:
- Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- All Taxable Income
- Capital Gains
- Disability Insurance
- Disability Payments
- Farm Income or Loss (Exclude expenses, but not depreciation)
- Inheritance Life Insurance Distributions (Exclude funeral expenses)
- Lottery and Gambling Winnings
- Rental Income or Loss (Exclude expenses, but not depreciation)
- Stock Dividends or Right (Only if reported on federal income tax return)
- Tier 1 & 2 Railroad Retirement
- Veterans Benefits
- Workers Compensation
Do not report this income:
- Capital losses or return of capital
- Child Support Received
- Colorado PTC Rebates Received from a prior year
- Heat/Fuel assistance such a Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
- Home Care Allowances or Adult Foster Care Assistance
- Income Tax Refunds
- Veterans Service-connected Disability (permanent)
- Welfare Payments Received for Dependent Children (AEDC, etc.)
- 4. How do I get FREE PTC Rebate application assistance?
Taxpayer 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 low-income people with completing the PTC application and Colorado income tax forms through 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.
- 5. How do I check my PTC Rebate application status?
- Go to Revenue Online.
- In the "Where's My Refund?" box, click on "Colorado Property Tax, Rent and Heat Rebate (PTC)".
- On the next screen, enter your Social Security Number.
- On the same page, also enter your PTC Rebate amount of 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".
Note: The system will not show your full rebate amount. It will only show the status of your most current rebate installment.
- 6. When will my rebate be issued?
The Colorado PTC Rebate is paid on a set schedule based on when your application is processed. This payment schedule is set and cannot be changed, except that any processing or payment dates that fall on the weekend will instead happen on the next business day. We recommend that you file in January or early February. For faster delivery of your rebate, we recommend that you sign up for Direct Deposit.
- 7. How can I receive the rebate via direct deposit?
Use the application form. You will need to have a checking or savings account with an account number and routing number.
- 8. What is the deadline to file the PTC application?
Applications for the Colorado PTC Rebate for calendar year 2022 must be filed by December 31, 2024. You still have time to apply for the calendar year 2021 until December 31, 2023. Applications received after that date will be denied. Use the correct version of the form for the year you are requesting a rebate payment since the rules and income limits change each year.
- 9. How do I have access to the Income Qualified Senior Housing Income Tax Credit?
The Department of Revenue will use available information to evaluate whether you qualify for an additional tax credit. If you qualify, the amount ($1,000) will be distributed with your PTC rebate in the first installment payment. If you are not issued this payment but believe you are eligible, please file a complete income tax return (DR 0104) requesting the credit so the Department can evaluate your credit claim. There are a number of free and sliding scale resources available that provide help with tax filing, including AARP and VITA locations. More information about help filing a tax return is available at our Community Tax Help page.
You should qualify if:
- Your date of birth (or your spouse's date of birth) is December 31, 1957 or earlier; and
- You qualify for a PTC rebate grant; and
- You did not receive an exemption for any property tax as allowed under section 39-9-203 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (commonly known as the Senior Property Tax Exemption or Senior Homestead Exemption) on your property taxes for the property tax year beginning on January 1, 2022.
- This exemption should appear on your property tax statement from your county assessor. You may have been approved for this exemption by applying in a prior year. This exemption is generally allowed if one owner of a home is 65 years old as of January 1, and has occupied the home as a primary resident for at least 10 consecutive years.