Mullery: Don’t pay to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

NANTICOKE, Feb. 18 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery is reminding residents that they don’t have to pay to complete application forms for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.


Mullery, D-Newport Township, said a local senior citizen brought to his attention a mailing from a private company in Harrisburg, offering to fill out senior citizens' Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms, and asking for income and homeownership information, as well as a $47 processing fee.


“Anyone who receives one of these letters should throw it in a trash can where it belongs, because there’s no need to pay to complete forms for a state-sponsored program such as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program," Mullery said. "Seniors can receive free assistance with the forms by contacting my office."


Mullery has an office located at 156 South Market St., Nanticoke, He also maintains an office at 532 Centre St., Freeland. The phone number for the Nanticoke office is 570-740-7031. The phone number for the Freeland office is 570-636-3500.


In addition, Mullery’s staff will hold workshops throughout his legislative district to provide free assistance with applying for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.


The workshops will be held Thursday and March 5 at the Plymouth Active Adult Center, 160 E. Main St., Plymouth; March 5 at the Freeland Active Adult Center, 701 Chestnut St., Freeland; March 19 at the Mountaintop Active Adult Center, 460 S. Main Road, Mountaintop; and March 25 at the White Haven Borough Building, 312 Main St., White Haven.


All workshops will be held 10 a.m. until noon.


The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program provides rebates of up to $650 based on rent or property taxes paid. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and those 18 or older with permanent disabilities. The income limit for homeowners is $35,000; the income limit for renters is $15,000. Applicants need only count half of their Social Security, Supplemental Security Income or Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits when applying.