Property Tax and Rent Rebate Deadline Extension
Pennsylvania is extending the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program deadline until December 31, 2016, for eligible Pennsylvanians and issuing a reminder that free application assistance is available through local Area Agencies on Aging, Senior Centers and PA Department of Revenue district offices.
Age, income and disability are critical eligibility factors. First time filers will need photocopies of documents providing proof of age, a spouse’s death certificate if widowed, and proof of permanent disability, if applicable. Obtain the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program application online or by mail or call 1-888-PATAXES.
My office is always available to help senior citizens, disabled individuals and other qualified residents complete the PA-1000 Property Tax and Rent Rebate application.
Please be sure to stop by one of my offices for assistance.
If you have already applied and 8 to 10 weeks have lapsed since filing, contact the PA Department of Revenue for a
status report on your rebate.
Unclaimed Property Awaits Rightful Owners
The Treasury reports it began 2016 seeking the legal owners of $2.5 billion in unclaimed property. Claimants are encouraged to file a claim form, free of charge, with the Bureau of Unclaimed Property rather than pay the 15% maximum finder’s fee.
One in 10 residents have unclaimed property. The increased popularity of
gift certificates and gift cards can also bring an
increase in unclaimed property, as Pennsylvania requires those with an expiration date and/or any fees to be reported as unclaimed property. Search the
Treasury’s Unclaimed Property data base or call the toll-free number, 800-222-2046, for information and assistance.
Biking in PA Gets a Push
Are you looking for dedicated bike routes across Pennsylvania? Turn to the new interactive biking map available through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Traffic volumes, speed limits, and trails through state parks, conservation districts, and state forests are among the informational resources available to support your biking needs. Click on a trail for a pop-up showing miles, typography, and nearby towns. Click on the tab at the bottom of an individual pop-up to display a map of your chosen trail.
VisitPA can further enhance your trip by highlighting the sights and sounds along the way, local attractions, food, and lodging. Print a copy of the 40-page "Bicycling Directory of Pennsylvania" for use when off the beaten path to locate guidance, assistance, and information relating to each of the state’s eight geographical regions.