Flynn announces Property Tax/Rent Rebate assistance is available in his office

HARRISBURG, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said his office has applications available for the state's popular Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

“Eligible residents can claim rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2014, and the deadline is June 30, 2015, so I recommend my constituents get a head start on filing their claims,” Flynn said. “If help is needed, don’t hesitate to come to my office for free assistance.”

Flynn's office is located at 409 N. Main Ave. in Jay's Commons, Scranton; the phone number is 570-342-4348.

This program benefits Pennsylvania residents 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and disabled people 18 or older. The filer’s income must not exceed $35,000 a year for homeowners or $15,000 a year for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

Applications can also be filed online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190. Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1.

Additionally, changes to the program last year, which Flynn supported, now allow rebate claims to be filed by spouses, personal representatives or estates on behalf of deceased claimants who meet all qualifying criteria and lived at least one day in 2014, rather than the entire year. Another change excludes Social Security cost-of-living adjustments from being considered, in case the COLA pushes an applicant out of eligibility.

Last year, more than $276 million in property tax and rent rebates were sent to more than 578,000 homeowners and renters throughout Pennsylvania.