FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Mike Hanna
Hanna: Seniors should not pay for Property Tax/Rent Rebate help
HARRISBURG, March 30 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Center, is advising senior citizens to discard a solicitation offering to complete the application for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for a $39 fee.
Hanna said several area seniors brought to his attention a mailing from a non-government agency in Harrisburg identifying itself as the "Senior Advisory Center." The company offers to fill out the Property Tax/Rent Rebate form for a fee.
"My office staff is trained to help people apply for this program and our assistance always is free. The state does not charge a fee to enroll in the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and if people receive this solicitation, they should throw it away immediately," Hanna said.
Hanna's district offices are at 29 Bellefonte Ave., Lock Haven, 17745; and 102 Turnpike St., P.O. Box 1134, Milesburg, 16853.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program provides state rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2011 to eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older; widows and widowers 50 or older; and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security, Supplemental Security or federal Railroad Retirement Tier I income is excluded.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.