Lawmakers Remind Seniors that Free Help is Available When Applying for Property Tax/Rent Rebates
11/6/2013
HARRISBURG – State Reps. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Armstrong), George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) and Tim Krieger (R-Westmoreland) would like to remind area seniors that free assistance is available when applying to the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.

The lawmakers have learned that seniors in their communities have once again received solicitation letters from a company offering to prepare the forms for a $39 fee. While there is nothing illegal about this offer, people who received these letters need to know that it is not necessary to pay a private entity to fill out an application.

Help in applying for the rebate is available – at no cost – through the local Area Agency on Aging or the lawmakers’ district offices, which have a good supply of applications for those who have not yet applied. The deadline for submitting the application is Dec. 31, 2013.

Evankovich’s district offices are located at 5648 William Penn Highway (Rt. 22) in Murrysville and 2400 Leechburg Road in New Kensington. Dunbar’s district offices can be found at 2090 Harrison Ave. (Rt. 130) in Jeannette and 156-C Clay Pike in North Huntingdon. The addresses of Krieger’s district offices are 101 Ehalt St. in Greensburg and 17 South 6th St. in Youngwood.

“We want to make it clear to older residents that there is absolutely no need to pay someone to fill out the state rebate form,” said Evankovich. “Many of those who benefit from the program are on fixed incomes and should be pleased to find out they can get the help they need for free.”

Unfortunately, the solicitation letter may have prompted some people to repeat the application process thinking that new money is available under the 2012 program. This is not the case. Seniors who received the letter and have already applied for and received a rebate check this year should understand that no new money is forthcoming.

Anyone who has already applied and not yet received a rebate can check the status of the application on the Department of Revenue’s website at www.revenue.state.pa.us. Once on the site, applicants will need to submit their Social Security number, claim year and date of birth.

Those who may be eligible for the rebate program and have not yet applied are encouraged to do so. The program benefits Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, however supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can increase rebates to $975. The application contains all eligibility guidelines.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, $4.8 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.

Additional information on the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is available at http://www.revenue.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/property_tax_rent_rebate_program/11410.

Representative Eli Evankovich
54th District
Representative George Dunbar
56th District
Representative Tim Krieger
57th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Andy Briggs
717.260.6474
abriggs@pahousegop.com 
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