NJ Senior Freeze Property Tax Relief Deadline Nears

obstinately high inflation bite it budgets of residents across the state, especially those seniors living on a fixed income.

In New Jersey, where property taxes taking a large chunk of the wallet from millions of families, more people than before will be eligible for relief, the state said.

Eligibility for Main Freeze, which reimburses eligible seniors and people with disabilities for property tax or mobile home park site fees, has been expanded in recent years, raising the income limit by more than 30% since 2017, said the office of the state treasurer.

And many of the property tax refunds exceed $1,000, he said.

But the deadline to apply for the 2021 benefit is October 31.

“For those living on a fixed income, this can make all the difference. We encourage all eligible residents to take advantage of this important resource,” State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio said earlier this month. “We also encourage everyone to check the eligibility requirements, even those who were not eligible in the past, as the increase in the income limit has made many more people eligible in recent years.”

To qualify, you must have been 65 or older by December 31, 2020 or have received Federal Social Security disability benefits on or before December 31, 2020. You must also have lived in New Jersey continuously since December 31, 2010 as a landlord or a tenant.

Owners must also have owned and lived in their home since December 31, 2017 or earlier, and still owned that home on December 31, 2021. Mobile home owners must have rented a site where they placed a manufactured or mobile home for these same people. Appointment.

“If you moved from one New Jersey property to another and received reimbursement for your previous residence for the last full year you lived there, you may be eligible for an exception to reapply to the Senior Freeze program,” the state said.

Owners must also be fully paid for their 2020 property taxes before June 1, 2021 and the 2021 property taxes must be paid before June 1, 2022. For owners of mobile homes, site fee must have been paid no later than December 31 of each year.

Then there are the income limits.

Whether you are single, married or in a civil union and live in the same dwelling, you must have a total annual income of $92,969 or less in 2020 and $94,178 or less in 2021.

” With some exceptions, all income you received during the year should be considered when determining eligibility,” the state said. “This includes income that you do not have to report on your New Jersey tax return, such as Social Security benefits, unemployment benefitsdisability benefits and tax-exempt interest.

Owners of vacation or second homes, homes rented from someone else and homes with more than four units are among those not eligible for the Senior Freeze.

Applications for 2021 benefits were mailed out in February, but if you haven’t received one or have moved, you can call the Senior Freeze hotline at (800) 882-6597.

The state began issuing payments on July 15, and other payments are being made “on an ongoing basis,” the state said. You can check the status of your payment on line. You will need to provide your social security number and the zip code of your primary residence.

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Karin Price Mueller can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @KPMueller.

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