“Recently, I was alerted that a company is contacting Pennsylvania senior citizens offering to file state Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms for a fee,” Scarnati said. “I want to make sure that everyone is aware that there is no charge to submit this form.”
A group calling itself the ‘Senior Advisory Center’ with an address listed as a Harrisburg Post Office Box is mailing seniors offering to complete the forms for $39.
“It is important for seniors to know they do not have to pay for this service, Scarnati said. “Local Area Agencies on Aging and other groups serving seniors are available to prepare these forms at no cost.”
“In addition, my offices are available to help anyone needing assistance in applying for this important program,” Scarnati explained.
Claimants or spouses 65 years of age or older; widows or widowers 50 years of age or older; and the permanently disabled 18 years of age or older may qualify for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The income eligibility level for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is $35,000 a year, excluding half of Social Security income, and the maximum rebate is $650 for homeowners.
More information about the program is available at the PA Department of Revenue website at: www.revenue.state.pa.us/.
Contact information for Senator Scarnati’s district offices is listed below:
410 Main Street
Brockway, PA 15824
TOLL FREE: 877-787-7084
21A Field Street
5 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901