PITTSBURGH, February 9, 2012 – State Senator Jim Brewster today reminded people eligible for the state Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program that he and his local office staff stand ready to assist people for free.

Brewster said some companies are charging seniors up to $50 to help them file for the Lottery-funded property tax/rent rebate program.

“While it’s not illegal to charge people to help them apply for a rebate, I want to remind seniors and others that there is no need to pay for such a service because my office and other state government entities stand ready to provide that help for free,” Brewster said.

The Property Tax and Rent Rebate program benefits Pennsylvanians who are 65 years old and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

Brewster said he and his local district office staff stand ready to help constituents determine if they are eligible, and assist residents in completing and filing their rebate application. For assistance or to obtain an application, contact any of the Senator’s District Offices:

• One Monroeville Center, 3824 Northern Pike, Suite 350, Monroeville (412) 380-2242;
• 201 Lysle Bvd., McKeesport (412) 664-5200; and
• New Kensington City Hall, 301 11th Street., Suite L (724) 334-1143

Forms can also be found online at www.PaPropertyTaxRelief.com or by calling 1-888-222-9190.

“Again, I hope folks understand that it is not necessary to pay for something that my staff and I will provide for free,” Brewster said.

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