– State Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Buter) and his staff will host on Thursday, April 18, in Oil City a clinic to help local senior citizens and persons with disabilities fill out applications for a tax rebate of up to $650 on their property taxes or rent paid in 2018.
“We want to help qualified applicants apply for and receive these valuable rebates,” James said. “Many senior citizens and people with disabilities live on fixed incomes, so $650 can make a big difference in their family budgets.”
The clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oil City YWCA, located at 109 Central Ave. in Oil City
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is designed to help eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older to receive up to a $650 rebate from the property taxes or rent they paid last year.
To be eligible, homeowners must earn less than $35,000 a year and renters less than $15,000 with half of social security income excluded.
Certain supplemental rebates can boost homeowner rebates up to $975. The supplemental rebates are automatically calculated by the Department of Revenue for qualifying homeowners.
Applicants should be prepared to prove their age by bringing a birth certificate, driver’s license, PennDOT identification card, PACE or PACENET card, or Medicare card.
Applicants should bring proof of the taxes or rent they paid in 2018. Receipted tax bills or a tax bill with a copy of the canceled check are required as proof of taxes that were paid. A rent certificate from the landlord or rent receipts signed by the landlord will be accepted to prove rent amounts paid by the applicant.
Those seeking to apply also should bring with them proof of their income in 2018, including documentation showing their Social Security, pension or retirement, or other forms of income from last year.
The clinic will offer help on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applications are due by June 30.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, qualified applicants have received billions of dollars in property tax and rent relief. The rebate program also receives funding from slots gaming.
Representative Lee James
64th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Dan Massing