State accepting 'senior freeze' applications until Sept. 15
Already distributed $184.9 million in benefits to seniors and disabled homeowners
TRENTON – The Division of Taxation has mailed Senior Freeze checks worth $184.9 million to 152,209 senior and disabled homeowners around New Jersey, according to State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff.
“Governor Christie is committed to ensuring that everyone who is eligible receives property tax relief through the Senior Freeze program,” the treasurer said. “This year, Senior Freeze checks will average about $1,213 per recipient.”
To give eligible New Jersey residents the maximum opportunity to take advantage of the state’s property tax relief benefits, the governor has extended the filing deadline for the Senior Freeze program to Sept. 15.
“The state’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget dedicates $203 million for the Senior Freeze,” said Michael Bryan, director of the Division of Taxation. “We urge all residents who are eligible for this valuable benefit to be sure to apply before the Sept. 15 deadline.”
The Senior Freeze, officially known as the Property Tax Reimbursement Program, is available to home- owners or mobile homeowners who have low to moderate incomes and are 65 or older or receiving federal Social Security Disability benefits. The reimbursement payment is designed to shield homeowners living on fixed or limited incomes from the impact of property tax increases.
According to the state's website, "under the terms of the state budget for fiscal year 2015, only those applicants whose income for 2012 did not exceed $82,880 and whose income for 2013 did not exceed $70,000 (the original limit was $84,289) will be eligible to receive reimbursements for 2013, provided they met all the other program requirements. Residents whose 2013 income was over $70,000 but not over $84,289 will not receive reimbursements for 2013, even if they met all the other program requirements. The Division of Taxation will send notices to these applicants advising them that they are not eligible to receive reimbursement payments for 2013. However, by filing an application by the due date, these residents can establish their eligibility for benefits in future years and ensure that they will be mailed an application for 2014."
To find out more about the Senior Freeze Program:
Call: The Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) Hotline 1‐800‐882‐6597 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Call: Automated Tax Information System – 1‐800‐323‐4400, available every day, around the clock
Text: Telephone Service for the Hearing Impaired – 1‐800‐286‐6613 or 609‐984‐7300.
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