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Older Pa. residents warned about scams on tax rebate

December 20, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — As the Dec. 31 deadline approaches for Pennsylvanians to complete their property tax/rent rebate applications, some individuals and companies are looking to profit through scams, according to a news release from the Franklin County (Pa.) Area Agency on Aging.

Many older Pennsylvanians have received letters claiming to offer assistance to complete the application — if you mail a check in advance.

The news release said unless you have confirmation that a company or individual is reputable and will follow through, do not send money. There are local entities, including local legislators’ offices and the Franklin County Area Agency on Aging, that will provide this assistance to you for free.

The property tax/rent rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians ages 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

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The maximum rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $957.

For more information, call 717-263-2153.

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