Assistance with applications for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is available at no cost to residents at State Rep. Frank Farry's (R-Bucks) district offices in Langhorne and Lower Southampton.
“Several residents have come to me with letters they’ve received in the mail from a non-government agency, which request a $39 processing fee be paid in exchange for assistance obtaining rebates,” Farry said in a press release.
“I want to make sure those interested and eligible for the program know that my office offers this assistance free of charge.”
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, more than $5.1 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.
Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2011. 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 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.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available free of charge by contacting Farry’s offices, or by visiting his website at www.RepFarry.com.
Assistance with the application process is available at no cost to residents at both of his offices.
Farry’s office in Middletown Township is located at 370 East Maple Ave., Suite 203, in Langhorne, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To contact the office, call 215-752-6750.
His second office is located in the at 1500 Desire Ave. in Feasterville. The Lower Southampton office is open on weekdays from noon to 4:30 p.m., and by appointment. To contact the office, call 215-942-4067.
The deadline to apply for the state’s 2011 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended to Dec. 31.