Q. I live in a community where there are a lot of us seniors. We try to meet for breakfast twice a month and just had one of our get togethers. There were a good many of us that received a postcard in the mail that stated “Older Pennsylvanians Eligible for Rebates”. The notice was concerning the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.
It went on to say that the income limit has been increased to give more money for us and that we can get a bigger rebate. It is saying that we are entitled to a yearly rebate check of up to $975. The notice is trying to get us seniors to pay $39 to help us fill out the claim. I thought I heard where this can be done for free in Bucks County. Do you know where I can go to find out this information? J.S., Ivyland
A. This letter that is going around can be misleading.
The maximum amount that a resident can get is $650.00 depending on your yearly income, not $975.00. Only very low-income seniors, or those living in certain cities, can receive up to an additional $325.
Also, there are places you can go to get help with this form here in Bucks County where it won’t cost you a cent. Many state government officials help their constituents in their local offices and they don’t charge. Call your local government official to see if they offer this service. Another avenue that seniors can take to get help filling out the rebate form is to contact Bucks County Area Agency on Aging.
Consumers can also call the IRS at 1-800-906-9887, to find locations for free tax preparation assistance. This program is free to residents that fit the guidelines.
Be wary of responding to any unsolicited mailing. Any possible scams by mail or over the Internet can be reported to the United States Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455.