Harrisburg, Jan. 24, 2017—State Sen. Lisa Boscola today urged area senior citizens and others to see if they may qualify for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.

“For senior on fixed incomes, every little bit helps,” Boscola said. “After paying for necessities like groceries, prescriptions and heating bills, it would be a shame for them to miss out on a rebate check.

“With the application period now open, I urge citizens to reach out to their friends and loved ones to make sure they have determined whether or not they qualify for a rebate.”

Boscola said a maximum $650 rebate is available for eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. She added that the filing deadline for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2016 is June 30. Checks are sent out beginning in July.

The Bethlehem lawmaker added that she and her local district office staff are more than willing to help people obtain an application, determine if they are eligible, and complete and file their rebate application.

Boscola’s offices are located at: One East Broad Street, Suite 120, in Bethlehem – Phone: (610) 868-8667; the West Catasauqua Prof. Office Bldg., 2123 N. 1st Avenue, Suite A-4 in Whitehall – Phone: (610) 266-2117; and 1701 Washington Blvd. in Easton – Phone: (610) 250-5627.

Applications are also available online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190.

Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s inception in 1971, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.5 billion in relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and slots proceeds.

Boscola said she will continue to fight to reduce and eliminate property taxes for all homeowners. She has again co-sponsored legislation that would eliminate property taxes. As an interim step, Boscola has reintroduced legislation (Senate Bill 102) that would freeze property taxes for senior citizens over the age of 65. She has also called for dedicating all table games proceeds for property tax relief (Senate Bill 101).

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