|Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms Available
Forms for the state’s 2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are available for download from the Department of Revenue’s website. Paper forms are also available.
Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on rent or property taxes paid in 2017. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
Beginning with the 2017 form, veterans’ federal disability payments and state veterans’ payments are NOT required to be reported in eligibility income.
Residents do not need to pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at no cost at my district office; however, applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians.
For more information, visit my website at RepWheeland.com.
Need Other Tax Forms?
In addition to Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms, we have a variety of state and federal tax forms available at the Williamsport office. Just stop by and see us at 349 Pine St., Suite 1.
Concealed Carry Seminar Feb. 22
Rep. Garth Everett and I will host a Concealed Carry Seminar on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Company, 2311 State Route 54 Highway in Montgomery.
Presenters will include Lycoming County Assistant District Attorney Martin Wade, who will discuss Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws; Lycoming County Sheriff Mark Lusk, who will explain rules and regulations surrounding licenses to carry firearms; Pennsylvania State Trooper Angela Bieber, who will discuss how to safely interact with the police when carrying a firearm; and an officer from the Pennsylvania Game Commission who will discuss firearm carry laws as they relate to hunting seasons.
Seating is limited and advance registration is required. Those interested in attending should contact my district office by calling (570) 321-1270 or emailing Kristi Marshall at email@example.com.
Detailed Look into Governor’s Budget to Begin Next Week
Members of the House Appropriations Committee will begin their detailed look into the governor’s $33 billion budget proposal as hearings begin on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
The opening day of hearings will include testimony from the Independent Fiscal Office and the Department of Revenue, while Wednesday will focus on the themes of job creation and ensuring stability of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
The remainder of the week will include looks into the proposed budgets of the departments of Transportation and Conservation and Natural Resources.
The full schedule is available here, which will also include video of the archived hearings once available.
More information about the governor’s proposal is available here.
Protecting the Public from Dangerous Sex Offenders
Legislation is on its way to the governor that would strengthen existing laws to protect Pennsylvanians from dangerous sex offenders, namely those who are released back into the community without supervision to monitor their transition.
House Bill 631 would require the court to impose a mandatory three-year probation period consecutive to any term of total confinement for a person convicted of a Tier III sex offense under Pennsylvania’s Adam Walsh Act, commonly known as Megan’s Law.
Under existing law, the court has the flexibility to order supervision by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, or county probation. If a person is paroled and adequately adjusts to freedom under parole supervision, current law permits the court to modify or even terminate probation supervision.
Additionally, this bill would ensure sexual offenders remain registered under Megan’s Law. Its language addresses the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Commonwealth v. Muniz, when the court ruled that Megan’s Law provisions could not be applied to defendants who committed their crimes before the enactment of the Adam Walsh Act in 2012. Without the enactment of this legislation, up to 17,000 sexual offenders could be removed from the state sexual offender registry.
Half-Million PA Veterans Opt for ID Card Designation
More than a half-million Pennsylvania veterans have opted to have a “veterans” designation added to their driver’s license or photo ID card, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The designation – an American flag with the word “VETERAN” beneath it – began in 2014.
Qualified applicants for a veterans designation must have served in the United States Armed Forces and/or the reserve component, and have been discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable. There is no fee for the veterans designation; however, regular renewal or duplicate fees still apply.
Forms for driver’s license or ID renewals and duplicates have a box for applicants to certify that they are a veteran, and to have the designation added. Once the veterans designation has been added to a driver’s license or identification card, it will automatically appear each time it is renewed. For more information, visit dmv.pa.gov and click on the American flag/veterans designation icon.
The veterans designation does not entitle a veteran to any special consideration or discount but rather identifies the bearer as a veteran. Any other recognition, such as a discount, complementary meal or other token of appreciation is completely and solely determined by the organization, business or entity providing a service.
Pennsylvania is home to the fourth-largest veterans’ population in the country.
PennDOT Offices Closed for Presidents Day
In observance of Presidents Day, all PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Feb. 17, through Monday, Feb. 19. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.
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