James to Host Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics

HARRISBURG – Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) this week will host a Property Tax/Rent Rebate clinic in Franklin and has scheduled another one week later in Oil City to help constituents apply for this popular state program. 

“For senior citizens and others living on a fixed income, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program can be a real lifeline,” James said.  “The rebate can make it possible for people to afford other things like food and medications.  It can make a real difference.” 

The Franklin clinic will take place on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Franklin VFW located at 411 Ninth St. 

The Oil City clinic will take place on Thursday, March 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Oil City VFW located at 2 Relief St. 

Residents eligible for the program can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2012. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.   

Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits: 

  • $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).
  • $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).

Residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.  Residents should bring appropriate documents proving their age, rent or property taxes paid, and income to apply.

Proof of age can be verified with a birth certificate, driver’s license, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation identification card, Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) and the PACE Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET) card, or Medicare card. 

Proof of rent or property taxes paid can be verified with receipted tax bills, a rent certificate from the landlord or rent receipts signed by the landlord. 

Applications are due by June 30. 

“We look forward to helping a lot of constituents through these clinics,” James said.  “If people need an application or would like some help filling out the paperwork, we’ll be there to assist them.” 

Representative Lee James
64th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Dan Massing

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