Wednesday, February 22, 2012

No-Cost Property Tax/Rent Rebate Filing Assistance Available at Causer’s Office

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today reminded area senior citizens to visit his office if they need assistance filing for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Seniors need not pay for assistance from a private entity; Causer’s office will help for free.

“We are again hearing that a solicitation has gone out offering filing assistance for a fee of $39,” Causer said. “No one needs to pay for help to apply for this rebate. We provide free help at my offices in both Bradford and Coudersport.

Applications are now available for the 2011 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. The deadline to apply is June 30.

The program is open to Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. It provides a rebate of up to $650 based on rent or property taxes paid in 2010.

Eligibility income limits 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. 

For more information, contact Causer’s office in Bradford at 814-362-4400 or Coudersport at 814-274-9769. A link to program information and the application are also available at

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