York County State House Delegation Warns Seniors of Property Tax Assistance Scam
11/29/2010

State Reps. Eugene DePasquale (D-York), Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Ron Miller (R-Jacobus), Scott Perry (R-Dillsburg), Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Will Tallman (R-Hanover) urge senior citizens to beware of a solicitation from a non-government agency in Harrisburg that claims it will fill out their Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms for a $39 fee. 

Free assistance with the forms is available to seniors by contacting the office of their state representative. 

The letter, which comes from an entity identifying itself as the Senior Advisory Center, asks senior citizens to provide income and homeownership information and urges them to include their processing fee of $39, which they can pay by check, money order or credit card. 

Anyone who receives this solicitation may bring their questions or concerns to the Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection at (800) 441-2555 or visit the attorney general’s website at AttorneyGeneral.gov.  Consumers may also contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455. 

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program provides rebates of up to $650 based on income and rent or property taxes paid. 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, which are listed below, exclude 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:  

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

For more information, state representative can be contacted below: 

York County House Republican Delegation
Contact:  Scott Little
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 260-6137
slittle@pahousegop.com
www.pahousegop.com

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