Thursday, July 30, 2009


Here is the latest word on the NJ Homestead Rebate from the Division of Taxation.
Non-senior homeowners with incomes of $75,000 or less who were under 65 years of age and not disabled on December 31, 2008, will begin to receive their 2008 homestead rebate applications this week. These homeowners will qualify for a 2008 rebate if they owned a home that was their principal residence on October 1, 2008, and paid property taxes on that home.

With very few exceptions, the homeowner rebate applications must be filed by phone or over the Internet.

The filing deadline for non-senior/non-disabled homeowners is September 1, 2009. Checks for non-senior, non-disabled homeowners are scheduled to be mailed in October. I wouldn’t be surprised if the filing deadline is eventually extended to October 31st.

Non-senior homeowners with incomes between $50,000 and $75,000 will receive checks averaging about $700, while those non-seniors with incomes below $50,000 will receive rebate checks averaging $900. Those with incomes in excess of $75,000 will receive bupkis!

The anticipated delivery dates of the applications, by county, are -

Cape May, Union - July 27
Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic - July 28
Morris, Ocean - July 31
Bergen, Burlington, Cumberland, Warren - August 3
Camden, Hudson, Hunterdon, Salem, Somerset - August 4
Atlantic, Essex, Monmouth, Sussex August - 7

For more information about the Homestead Rebate Program homeowners may call the Homestead Rebate Hotline at 1-888-238-1233 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Homestead rebate information is also available on the Division of Taxation's Web site (click here) and through the Division's Automated Tax Information System at 1-800-323-4400. Text telephone service for the hearing impaired is provided at 1-800-286-6613 or 609-984-7300.

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