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02/18/2020

Free Tax Help Available at Community Centers in Western PA

Harrisburg, PA — Representatives from the Department of Revenue will visit senior and community centers over the next month to help Pennsylvanians who need help filing their Pennsylvania personal income tax returns and Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications.

"We know from our experience that many times our taxpayers and applicants for the Property Tax Rent/Rebate Program benefit from having a face-to-face conversation with someone who can help guide them through the filing process," Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. "We hope that Pennsylvanians will take advantage of the opportunity to receive free help from our staff in person."

Department of Revenue staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the locations listed below. Department staff will be stationed at each location on the days listed (availability runs through Wednesday, March 18). Please keep in mind that inclement weather may impact this schedule.

Mondays (Feb. 24; March 2, 9 & 16)

Tuesdays (Feb. 18 & 25; March 3, 10 & 17)

Wednesdays (Feb. 19 & 26; March 4, 11 & 18)

Thursdays (Feb. 20 & 27; March 5 & 12)

Fridays (Feb. 21 & 28; March 6 & 13)

What Should You Bring With You?

Taxpayers who need assistance with the Pennsylvania personal income tax return (PA-40) should bring their tax information/income statements and a photo identification card (driver's license, etc.) or Social Security card for themselves and their dependents. As a reminder, all taxpayers who received more than $33 in total gross taxable income in calendar year 2019 must file a Pennsylvania personal income tax return by midnight, Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Applicants who need assistance with the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application (PA-1000) should check the eligibility guidelines and obtain an application by visiting the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program page on the Department of Revenue website.

Additionally, PA-1000 applications and instruction booklets, which include information on the documentation that you'll need for your application, are available at Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators' offices. As a reminder, it is free to apply for a rebate.

The 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 standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

Future Outreach Events

Staff from the Department of Revenue's Bureau of Enforcement and Taxpayer Assistance will be helping Pennsylvanians throughout this outreach initiative, which is a partnership with Pennsylvania Area Agencies on Aging. The department anticipates announcing additional availability, including in other areas of the commonwealth, at a later date.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeffrey Johnson, 717-787-6960

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