Senior and Veteran Deductions
Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons or Surviving Spouses $250 Real Property Tax Deduction
TO QUALIFY, you must be by December 31 of year before year deduction is requested a senior citizen, age 65 or older, or a permanently and totally disabled individual, unable to be gainfully employed, or a surviving spouse, age 55 or more and age 55 at time of spouse's death. You must be a legal resident of New Jersey for one year immediately prior to October 1 of the year before the year for which the deduction is requested. You must be an owner of and a permanent resident in the dwelling on October 1st of the year before the year for which the deduction is requested. Income may be no more than $10,000 during the year for which the deduction is requested, excluding, with restrictions, monies received from social security, or Federal Government pension, disability and retirement programs or State, County, Municipal pension, disability and retirement programs. Applications along with the income statement and proof of age must be filed with the municipal tax assessor by December 31.
Veterans or Surviving Spouses of a Veteran $250 Real Property Tax Deduction
New Jersey resident honorably discharged from active duty service in the United States Armed Forces. Current statute does not provide for deduction for military personnel still in active service who have not been discharged. You must be a property owner and a legal resident of New Jersey and, where applicable, prove that the deceased veteran or serviceperson was a legal resident of New Jersey. Eligibility criteria must be met as of October 1 of the year prior to the tax year for which deduction is claimed. Applications must be filed with the municipal tax assessor by December 31.
Property Tax Exemption for 100% Disabled Veterans or Surviving Spouses
Certain permanently and totally disabled war veterans or the surviving spouses (widows/widowers) of such disabled war veterans and servicepersons are granted a full property tax exemption on their dwelling house and the lot on which it is situated.
TO QUALIFY, New Jersey citizen and resident honorably discharged from active duty service in the United States Armed Forces. Surviving spouses of servicepersons who died in active service in time of war also qualify. Disability must be certified as 100% permanent and total by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. You must be the owner and a permanent resident in the dwelling and legal resident of New Jersey. In the case of surviving spouses, the deceased spouse must also have been a legal resident of New Jersey. Applications can be filed with the municipal tax assessor at any time during the year.
For assistance in documenting veterans' status, contact the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at (609) 530-6958 or (609) 530-6854. The United States Veterans Administration aka U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can be reached at 1-800-827-1000.
The information that appears on this page is taken from the State of New Jersey Division of Taxation's Web site regarding general assessment issues specifically property tax deductions available in the State of New Jersey. Some language has been modified to better meet the needs of the Township. To view the information in its original format go to Division of Taxation - Other Property Tax Benefits