NEW JERSEY TAX FREEZE PROGRAM
PERTH AMBOY, NJ—Mayor Wilda Diaz reminds Perth Amboy senior citizens or people with disabilities to apply for the State of New Jersey’s Property Tax Reimbursement Program.
“During these difficult economic times this program is beneficial to those eligible. We want to ensure that our residents take advantage of this program, so we encourage you to see if you are eligible for a reimbursement,” said Mayor Wilda Diaz.
For the latest eligibility requirements please see below. According the State of New Jersey Division of Taxation Website, the following are the 2011 Eligibility Requirements:
Residents applying for a reimbursement of the difference between the amount of property taxes paid for 2010 and the amount paid for 2011 must:
- Have been age 65 or older as of December 31, 2010, OR receiving Federal Social Security disability benefits as of December 31, 2010, and December 31, 2011. You do NOT qualify if the Federal Social Security disability benefits you (or your spouse/civil union partner) were receiving were received on behalf of someone else; and
- Have lived in New Jersey continuously since before January 1, 2001, as either a homeowner or a renter; and
- Have owned and lived in the home (or have leased a site in a mobile home park on which you have placed a manufactured or mobile home that you own) for which the reimbursement is being claimed since before January 1, 2008; and
- Have paid the full amount of the property taxes due on the home for 2010 by June 1, 2011, and for 2011 by June 1, 2012 (if a mobile home owner, have paid the full amount of mobile home park site fees for 2010 by December 31, 2010, and for 2011 by December 31, 2011); and
- Have total annual income for both 2010 and 2011 that is $80,000 or less. These limits apply regardless of marital/civil union status. However, applicants who are married or in a civil union must report combined income of both spouses/CU partners.
Eligibility requirements, including income limits, and benefits available under this program are subject to change by the State Budget.For additional information you may visit the State of New Jersey’s Property Tax Reimbursement Program (Senior Freeze) website link: www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/propfrez.shtml or call their hotline at: 1-800-882-6597. You may also visit the Office of the Tax Collector from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at City Hall or call 732-826-0290.