FLEMINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders leaders Shaun C. Van Doren and Susan J. Soloway were joined by county veterans to announce a "Leave No Veteran Behind" campaign to remind them that the Veterans Exemption has doubled to $6,000 for filing of 2019 tax returns.

"Making veterans aware of the tax exemption, earned by their service to our nation, is a priority for the freeholders," Van Doren said in a release. "Now that the exemption has doubled to $6,000, it is more important than ever to spread the word to our veteran friends, neighbors and family members."

"It is important to note that unlike many other veteran benefits, the state income tax exemption is available for all veterans, no matter when or where they served," he added.

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Deputy director Soloway agreed.

"This increased benefit can make a substantial difference for so many veterans, whether they are just returning from service or served in the past," she said. "Making veterans aware of this exemption early in the new year allows them to gather the necessary paperwork and claim their full exemption."

To kick off the Leave No Veteran Behind Campaign, Van Doren and Soloway were joined by Vietnam Veterans Joseph H. Becker, Bruce Pierson and Theodore "T.C." Landers, plus U.S. Army members and Kevin Cahalan, U.S Marine and Purple Heart recipient.

Notices and posters will be sent to various veterans organizations around the county to be distributed and posted. Information on the tax exemption will also be included in an upcoming County Veterans Newsletter, and is available from County Veteran Services Officer Rich Booth by calling 908-788-1361 or emailing rbooth@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

When filing for the exemption for the first time, veterans are advised that they will be required to provide a copy of the Certificate of Release, Form DD-214, or Discharge from Active Duty, with a tax return. Veterans who have filed for the tax exemption previously do not need to file it again, the release said.

Veterans can contact Booth to obtain the form.

Those with questions can call the NJ Division of Taxation at 800-323-400 or 609-826-4400.