James to Host Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinic in Franklin
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Buter) will host a clinic on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Franklin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1835 to help residents fill out forms for the Commonwealth’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.

“We want to help people navigate the application process and take advantage of this helpful program,” James said. “I encourage anyone who is eligible for the rebate and who would like some help filling out the application to join us at the clinic.”

Residents eligible for the program can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2014. 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.

“We’ve had success with these clinics in the past and are looking forward to helping more people this year,” said James.

The Franklin VFW post is located at 411 Ninth St. in Franklin.

James has planned another clinic in Oil City on Thursday, March 26. That event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Free Methodist Church located at 206 Wilson Ave.

Residents can learn more about James by visiting his website at www.RepJames.com and following him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RepJames.

Representative Lee James
64th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Dan Massing
RepJames.com / Facebook.com/RepLeeJames
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