Older Franklin Countians should beware of rebate scammers, free help available

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

As the Dec. 31 deadline approaches for older adults to complete their Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications, some individuals and companies are looking to profit. From those older adults, according to the Franklin County Area Agency on Aging.

Many older Pennsylvanians have received letters claiming to offer assistance to complete the application, if a check is made in advance. The local agency reminds them to be wary. Unless this is confirmation that a company/individual is reputable and will follow through, they advise to not send money.

The agency also noted that there are local entities, including local legislator's offices and the Franklin County Area Agency on Aging, whice can provide this assistance for free.   

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate rebate program benefits 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 and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $957.