Recently when i was out shopping I heard many seniors complaining how difficult it was for them to keep up with the rental increases every year. They were so distressed as the increases were a large jump and were told there were waiting lists for there units if they didn't want to pay. Loving where they lived of course the increase would be paid perhaps with a sacrifice for other necessities. Rental increases and the cost of living for seniors just somehow are not balancing for some.
Here is some wonderful information. This is just one of five programs so don't get disappointed I have read this in an email sent to me from SRA and wanted to share it. There are two very important articles.
The first article is about the tax relief. The other about a scam trying to get your bank account information. Please read both.
Pennsylvania offers property tax/rent rebate program for seniors
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue offers a property tax/rent rebate program benefiting eligible Pennsylvanians age 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 or $15,000 for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, and it also receives funding from slots gaming. Application forms and assistance are available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local agencies, senior centers and state legislators offices. See a full explanation of the program here.
State: Beware property tax rebate scams
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has issued a warning to residents to be cautious of a scam targeting seniors and people with disabilities through the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The scam consists of unsolicited telephone calls from a person claiming to work for the Department of Revenue. The caller tells the resident that their application for the rebate program has been approved and then asks if the recipient would provide bank account information so that the rebate can be directly deposited into a bank account. The Department of Revenue does not collect applicants’ bank information over the phone and is stressing that residents should never give out personal information over the phone to unsolicited callers. If you or someone you know has received one of these scam calls and provided banking information or other personal information, immediately call the bank to report the potential fraud.
Source: Times Herald; 6/21/2019
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