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Tax, rent rebate deadline extended

July 7, 2008


Senior citzens looking to save some money have a little extra time to do so.

According to Elaine Krill of the Area Agency on Aging, the deadline for property tax and rent rebate for senior citizens has been extended to Dec. 31.

"There is usually an extention every year," she said.

Home owners who make less than $35,000 per year can apply. For renters the income cutoff is $15,000 per year. Krill said the income guidelines only take into consideration half of the applicant's Social Security income.

Those eligible for the rebate are residents age 65 or older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. Krill said applicants who are disabled must be receipiants of Social Security benefits.

The amount approved applicants receive is based on income level. The biggest rebate awarded is $650 for renters or home owners. The least amount a homeowner could receive is $250 while the least amount awarded to a renter is $500.

The rebate is funded through money from the Pennsylvaina Lottery, which benefits older Pennsylvanians.

"Every year, I probably have about fifty people tell me that they didn't know about it," Krill admitted.

Interested residents can obtain an application from the Area Agency on Aging, the Warren Public Library or Rep. Kathy Rapp's office.

Krill said applications can be mailed out to residents who are unable to get to the locations listed above. Also, the AAA is happy to help anyone who needs assistance filling out the application.

For more information or to obtain an application through the mail, call the Area Agency on Aging at 723-3763.



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