Elderly Tax Extension Program Begins March 1

A tax defer payment program to provide assistance for the elderly of Lackawanna County will kick-off on March 1 for individuals who meet the income guidelines of the initiative.

The County’s Tax Claim Bureau’s “Extension For Elderly/Deferral of Taxes” will offer eligible persons 65 years of age or older an opportunity to extend or defer the period of time to pay their taxes.  The overall goal of this program is to prevent them for losing their residences and/or the equity in their homes as a result of unpaid real estate taxes.

The program was enacted by the Commissioners on September 21, 2016.  It is being administered by the County’s Area Agency on Aging and the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA).

To be eligible, an applicant’s household income must be equal to or less than the maximum household income necessary to qualify for a property tax or rent rebate under the Senior Citizens Rebate Act.

To determine eligibility, the Tax Bureau and Area Agency on Aging will review tax return documents, homeowner’s insurance data and income information.  If the applicant meets the requirements of the program, an additional three-month tax payment extension would be granted.

After this point, if the owner desires to continue to live in the residence and cannot afford to pay the taxes the Tax Claim Bureau may stay the tax sale and defer payment until such time as title to the property is transferred or the owner is no longer the sole occupant of the property.

Once the title to the property is transferred and the eligible owner is no longer the sole occupant, the taxes and simple interest shall be due.

For general tax information, call the Tax Claim Bureau at 570-963-6734.

For applications, guideline reviews and assistance, contact the Area Agency on Aging at 570-963-6740 or SLHDA at 570-963-6836.


Lackawanna County Area Agency On Aging Announces Assistance With Rebate Forms

The Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging is providing assistance for qualifying senior citizens residing in Lackawanna County with their 2016 State Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms.

To qualify for the rebate, Pennsylvanians must be age: 65 and older; widow and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.  The income limit for a Homeowner is $35,000 and $15,000 for Renters.  Rebates range from $250-$650.  The Department of Revenue will begin mailing and depositing rebates on July 1.  The deadline for filing the form(s) is June 30.

Howard McIntosh, Senior Outreach Worker for Telespond Senior Services who provides assistance to the Aging Department, will be visiting Senior Centers, high rises and low rises throughout Lackawanna County to help complete the forms.

He will be visiting the Senior Centers from 9 AM – 11 AM on the following days and locations:

  • South Side Center, 425 Alder Street, Scranton, on the first Wednesday of every month
  • West Side Center, 1004 Jackson Street, Scranton, on the first Thursday of every month
  • Dunmore Center, 1414 Monroe Avenue, Dunmore, on the second Friday of every month
  • Carbondale Center, 66 N Church Street, Carbondale, on the third Thursday of every month
  • Abington Center, 1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit, on the third Friday of every month
  • Mid-Valley Center, 310 Church Street, Jessup, on the fourth Wednesday of every month

Howard can also assist with completing Pennsylvania 600 applications and a variety of other tax-related forms, as needed.

Mr. McIntosh can also be reached to schedule visits to the home-bound by calling 570-290-0578 or 570-961-1950.


CareGivers America Again Supports Area Agency On Aging Senior Santa Project

CareGivers America once again participated in the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging’s “Senior Santa” project. The CareGivers America staff donated gifts for nearly 40 of the department’s consumers. The seniors are identified by Aging’s Care Managers and a wish list is given to the CareGivers staff, who buy the gifts that are requested. The presents are delivered in time for the Christmas holiday.

L-r, Joy Molnar, Caregivers America; Rebecca Munley, Aging Staff; Paul Chmiel, Caregivers America; Jack Munley, Volunteer; and Erika Cordaro, Natasha Zecca, Amber Andes and Daniel Gnall, all of Caregivers America.

Home Instead Senior Care Supports Area Agency On Aging Senior Santa Project

Home Instead Senior Care participated in the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging’s “Be a Santa to a Senior” project. The firm provided gifts for over 30 Aging clients who were identified by the department’s Care Managers. A wish list was created and given to the Home Instead staff to buy the gifts. The presents are delivered in time for the Christmas holiday.

Front row, l-r, Jessica Blomain, Home Instead; Barb Truskoloski, Kristina Fiore, Jen Zarcone, Tracy Giumento, Aging staff; Wyn Sipple, Home Instead; and Susan Miraglia, Aging staff. Back row, from left, Bill Beechko, Kristen Unovitch, Chris Ewasko, Michele Grohs, and Mary Theresa Robinson, Aging staff.