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Property Tax/Rent Rebate and Unclaimed Property assistance available in district offices

Published March 15. 2013 05:03PM

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) says her offices offer a variety of services to area residents, including assistance pertaining to state programs such as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program and information on unclaimed property currently being held by the Pennsylvania Treasury that may belong to area individuals.

Older residents looking for an opportunity to recoup some of the money they pay in property taxes are encouraged to check out the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, which is one of several senior programs supported by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program provides rebates of up to $650 to eligible residents based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2012. The program is designed to benefit Pennsylvanians who ar 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

• $0-$8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters)

• $8,001-$15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters

• $15,001-$18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only)

• $18,001-$35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).

The deadline to apply for the program is June 30, with rebates distributed beginning July 1.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available by contacting her offices or by visiting her website at Residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

The Pennsylvania Treasury's Bureau of Unclaimed Property is continually trying to locate individuals who have cash and property that have gone unclaimed and are currently held by the state.

The most common types of unclaimed property are dormant bank accounts, stocks and dividends, uncashed payroll checks, uncollected utility deposits, unredeemed gift certificates and items in safe deposit boxes.

Unclaimed property is any financial asset that has been left inactive for a period of about five years.

In an effort to return the property to those who rightfully own it, an online database is available to make information more easily accessible. The Treasury is only required to advertise the names of people, businesses or organization owed property, valued in excess of $250.

For additional information about unclaimed property held by the state, residents can visit Rep. Harhart's website at or call the Bureau of Unclaimed Property toll free at 1-800-222-2046.

Rep. Harhart's district offices are available to provide assistance with of the above-mentioned programs. Simply contact the offices at (610) 502-2701 in Northampton or (610) 760-9805 in Slatington and someone will assist you.

For additional legislative information, visit her website or connect with her on Facebook at

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