Free assistance available at local offices, upcoming clinics
HARRISBURG – Applications for the 2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are now available, and Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is reminding area residents that free assistance is available through his office.
“In recent years, for-profit companies have been offering to complete these forms for a fee, but it is not necessary for anyone to pay for this service,” Causer said. “I encourage people who are eligible to take advantage of this helpful program, and my office is ready to help file the necessary paperwork at no charge.”
In addition to providing assistance at the Bradford, Coudersport and Kane legislative offices, Causer has also scheduled a series of Property Tax/Rent Rebate clinics at area senior citizen centers.
The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, Feb. 21:
• Eldred Senior Center, 169 Main St., Eldred – 9:30-11 a.m.
• Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 106 S. Oswayo St., Shinglehouse – 9:30-11:30 a.m.
• Smethport Senior Center, 119 W. Main St., Smethport – 1-2:30 p.m.
• Coudersport Senior Center, 171 Route 6 West, Coudersport – 1-3 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22
• Harrison Valley Community Building, 205 E. Main St., Harrison Valley – 9-10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 27
• Kane Senior Center, 100 S. Fraley St., Kane – 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 28
• Emporium Senior Center, 213 ½ S. Maple St., Emporium – 9:30-11 a.m.
• Port Allegany Senior Center, 216 N. Main St., Port Allegany – 1-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6
• Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Dr., Bradford – 9:30-11 a.m.
Residents are reminded to bring all necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.
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 are set at $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits. This year, for the first time, applicants with veterans disability benefits and/or pensions do not need to declare that income.
For more information, visit RepCauser.com
or contact Causer’s district offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor, phone 814-362-4400); Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1, phone 814-274-9769) or Kane (55 Fraley St., phone 814-837-0880).
Representative Martin T. Causer
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Patricia A. Hippler