By: Follow South Jersey Staff
CAMDEN, N.J. — The deadline for the 2019 Senior Freeze Property Tax Reimbursement Program has been extended from November 2 to December 31 according to Camden County officials.
“There is still time for qualified seniors to file an application to freeze the property taxes on their home at its current rate,” Freehold Director Louis Cappelli, liaison to the Camden County Board of Taxation, said. “This program protects senior citizens from facing the burden of increased property taxes. Many seniors are living on fixed incomes and should not be taxed out of their longtime home.”
The Senior Freeze Program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled individuals for property tax or mobile home park site fee increases on their principal residence. The program establishes a base year of eligibility and compares that with subsequent tax years. The difference in the amount is then refunded by the State annually to the taxpayer.
Eligible taxpayers began receiving payments on October 15. Previous recipients of the program should have received their application booklet in the mail beginning in February.
To qualify, individuals must meet all the eligibility requirements for each year from the base year through the application year (the current application year is 2019).
You (or your spouse/civil union partner) were 65 or older on December 31, 2018; or receiving federal Social Security disability benefit payments (not benefit payments received on behalf of someone else) on or before December 31, 2018.
You lived in New Jersey continuously since December 31, 2008, or earlier, as either a homeowner or a renter.
You owned and lived in your home since December 31, 2015, or earlier (and you still owned and lived in that home on December 31, 2019).
You leased a site in a mobile home park where you placed a manufactured or mobile home that you owned since December 31, 2015, or earlier (and still lived in that home/leased the site on December 31, 2019).
If you moved from one New Jersey property to another and received a reimbursement for your previous residence for the last full year you lived there, you may qualify for an exception to re-applying to the Senior Freeze Program. Visit Requirements for Resuming Eligibility for more information.
Property Taxes/ Site Fees
The 2018 property taxes due on your home must have been paid by June 1, 2019, and the 2019 property taxes must be paid by June 1, 2020.
Your mobile home site fees must have been paid by December 31 of each year respectively.
Your total annual income (combined if you were married or in a civil union and lived in the same home) was 2018 – $89,013 or less; and 2019 – $91,505 or less
For more information, please call 1-800-882-6597 or visit: https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ptr/index.shtml.
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