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Robert Tommy Tomlinson


Visit the Pennsylvania State Capitol This Spring

Plan a visit to the Pennsylvania State Capitol this spring while the trees are blossoming and warmer weather warrants a road trip.

Schedule a guided tour of the Capitol for groups of ten or as many as 80 individuals.  Be sure to view the proceedings of the Pennsylvania Senate on scheduled Session days; visit the Interactive Welcome Center, and stop by the Capitol Gift Shop for an inexpensive and fun memento of your tour.

Security reminds visitors, if you don’t need it, don’t bring it.  Contact the office of General Assembly Tour Guides at 1-800-868-7672.  When calling, share with the scheduler your interest in visiting other Harrisburg venues with which they may be able to assist.

State Income Tax Forms and Online Filing Available

Pennsylvanians may download forms to file 2018 personal income taxes in the traditional manner prior to the Monday, April 15, 2019 midnight deadline. For electronic filers, Padirectfile is available for state-only personal income tax or PA Free File is a no-charge option to file federal and state taxes at the same time.

The Department offers the PA Personal Income Tax Guide. The Guide provides a brief overview, filing requirements, and expands on a broad range of tax-related topics from debts to dividends. Find Answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the Customer Support page or confidentially submit a specific question.

Refunds for electronically filed returns are estimated to arrive in approximately 4 weeks, while 8 to 10 weeks are required to process paper forms. While waiting on a refund, check the status online or call 717-787-8201 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. An automated toll-free information line is available at 1-888-PATAXES.

**My district offices provide state forms and assistance with property tax/rent rebates.

Financial Options Open to Those with Disabilities

Individuals with qualifying disabilities and their families may save for a wide range of disability-related expenses through state-offered savings and investment options authorized under the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience program (PA ABLE).

Individuals with a disability and their families are encouraged to save funds to support their loved one’s health, independence, and quality of life without affecting eligibility for state or federal means-tested benefits.

Six of seven investment opportunities include conservative to aggressive Asset-Allocation Options.  The seventh option is a FDIC-insured interest-bearing checking account with a debit card.  See Frequently Asked Questions for answers regarding eligibility and qualified expenses.

Real ID and Your Social Security Card

Licensed Pennsylvania motorists planning to obtain a Real ID will need to submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation verification of identity, a Social Security card, and proof of Pennsylvania residency.

In addition to the other documents, your Social Security card must display the same name as your official proof of identity papers. A replacement requiring NO name change may be issued based on one document from the pre-approved list.

Documents must be current, unexpired, and in your legal name. The proof must be a U.S. driver’s license, U.S. state-issued non-driver identity card, or a U.S. passport. See Evidence of Identity for other documents that may be accepted.

For more information, please visit PennDot’s site HERE.

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