Bethlehem, December 10, 2012 – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-Lehigh/Monroe/Northampton) is reminding older area residents that the deadline is quickly approaching to file for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.

“As the holiday season rapidly approaches, some people eligible for the rebates may have forgotten the deadline is December 31,” said Boscola. “I urge everyone who qualifies for the program to take advantage of this important benefit for older Pennsylvanians.”

Eligible older adults and residents with disabilities have until Dec. 31 to apply for rebates of up to $975 from the program. It costs nothing to apply for a rebate. The deadline is for a rebate of a percentage of property taxes or rent paid in 2011.  Free filing assistance is available at Senator Boscola’s district offices in Bethlehem, Stroudsburg and Whitehall. Application forms and assistance are also available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, and senior centers.

Boscola  also warned area seniors about a company that is sending out notices offering to help people file for the rebates for a fee. “Thousands of people participate in this important program and they should not be spending any money to file their application ,” added Boscola.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and information are also available online at www.PaPropertyTaxRelief.com or by contacting Senator Boscola’s office at 1-877-535-1818.  To speed processing, claimants are reminded to provide all required income property tax or rent information. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, Dec. 31.

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 per household is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters and half of Social Security income is excluded from the income limit. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying home owners can boost rebates to $975.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program started in 1971, older adults and adults with disabilities have received $4.8 billion in property tax and rent rebates.

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