There are two separate and distinct property tax relief programs available to New Jersey homeowners.
Property Tax Reimbursement Program
This program is commonly known as the Tax Freeze. It is designed to freeze the burden of increasing real estate taxes for qualified applicants by establishing a base year of eligibility, comparing that base year with any subsequent years, and refunding the difference to the eligible homeowner. Eligibility must be continuous, otherwise, a new base year would be established.
Qualifications are as follows:
- Must make application to the State annually
- Homeowners must be age 65 or older, or receiving Federal Social Security Disability Benefits, paying property taxes on the PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE in New Jersey
- Age requirements apply to the base year as well as the application year
- Must meet income limits as set by the State annually. Income limits apply to the base year as well as the application year
- Property taxes must be paid in full by December 31st of each year
- Failure to pay property taxes within the year due disqualifies the applicant. A new application would have to be filed the following year that would establish a new base year.
Application booklets are mailed out by the State in late January each year. For further information or to request an application, please contact the State of New Jersey at 800-882-6597 or visit the State of New Jersey website.
Homestead rebates are sent by the State of New Jersey for qualified homeowners on their primary residence. The qualifications, income limitations, and amounts of the rebates vary and are determined by the State each year. In a few cases, your income tax return establishes eligibility; however, in most cases an application is required. Applications, when required, are sent by the State, usually in the spring.
For further information on Homestead type of rebates or to determine eligibility: