The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 12, 2013

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

The Daily Item

— Property Tax/Rent Rebate application forms and assistance are a free service available by contacting the Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices. Owner/renters have until Dec. 31 to file for their 2012 rebate.

Please be advised, that the Department of Revenue is aware that a company is contacting older Pennsylvanians by mail, offering to prepare Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications for a fee. While it’s unfortunate that a company is charging for a service that the government and other agencies provide for free, there appears to be nothing illegal about the offer.

The rebate program benefits eligible 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.