TRENTON, NJ — Senior citizens have until February 1 to apply for property tax relief under New Jersey’s Senior Freeze program.
The submission deadline for 2019 applications has been extended once again for seniors and disabled individuals who meet the following criteria in order to receive a reimbursement on property tax increases on principal residences.
- Be at least age 65 as of December 31, 2018 or receiving Social Security disability benefits on or before that date.
- Been a New Jersey resident continuously since 2008 — either as a homeowner or renter.
- For homeowners: Have owned a home since December 2015 and have paid 2018 property taxes by June 1, 2019 and 2019 property taxes by June 1, 2020.
- For mobile homeowners: Have leased a site in a mobile home park since December 2015 and have paid the full amount of property taxes /site fees for 2018 and 2019.
- Live below the required income threshold for eligibility, which in 2018 is $89,013 or less and in 2019 is $91,505 or less (including Social Security and Medicare) — whether the applicant is single, married or in a civil union.
Reimbursements are not eligible on vacation or second homes, as well as on rental properties, properties that consist of more than four units or those with four or less units, including commercial space.
Also, residents are not eligible if they are completely exempt from paying property taxes or make payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) to their town.
Applications were mailed in February 2020 to a property owner’s last address on file with the state Division of Taxation. (The United States Postal Service does not forward application booklets.) Click here for a 2019 Senior Freeze application.
For more information, visit the Senior Freeze Program website or call the Senior Freeze Hotline at 1-800-882-6597.
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