The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate is an annual tax rebate designed to give up to $650 back to low-income seniors, widows and widowers over 50, and some disabled residents. The form is simple, and can be found on the Department of Revenue’s website.
This year, applicants can have income of up to $35,000 per year, and half of all Social Security income is excluded.
Last month, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office warned Pennsylvanians that at least one company, the Senior Advisory Center (SAC), has sent misleading mailings to seniors, including several CLS clients, offering to file the rebate forms for $39 – almost 7% of the average filer’s benefit.
Most seniors would not need help with this simple form, and a variety of free help is readily available from local community organizations and legislator’s offices, where paper copies of the form are available. You can also get help with the forms directly from the Department of Revenue by calling 1-888-222-9190.
The deadline to file for this year’s Rebate is December 31, 2010. You can download the form at http://www.revenue.state.pa.us. You can get help with filing or completing the application calling the department at 1-888-222-9190. If you have had interactions with SAC or companies like them and feel as though their practices were deceptive, call the Attorney General’s complaint hotline at 1-800-441-2555.