THE WANDERING TAX PRO
Up-to-the-minute advice, information, resources, and, on occasion, commentary on federal and New Jersey state income taxes, and the various New Jersey property tax rebate programs, and insights and observations on tax policy and professional tax practice, by 45+-year veteran tax professional Robert D Flach.
I just discovered
that the NJ Division of Taxation has extended the deadline for filing an
application for the NJ Homestead Benefit from November 22nd to
December 31, 2013.
According to State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff -
“At this point, the Division has received
just about half the total number of applications it expects will be filed for
calendar year 2012 and it is unlikely that all eligible filers will meet the
November 22 deadline.” By
extending the application deadline to December 31, we will give those who might
have missed out the chance to apply and receive their benefit in 2014.”
To be eligible for
a benefit for calendar year 2012, you must be a New Jersey resident who owned a
principal residence on October 1, 2012, and paid property taxes on that home.
You must also have reported $75,000 or less in New Jersey gross income for 2012
or, if you were disabled or age 65 or older on December 31, 2012, you must have
reported gross income for 2012 of $150,000 or less.
information on the Homestead Benefit Program, or if you did not receive an application packet in the mail, homeowners may call the Division
of Taxation’s Homestead Benefit Hotline at 1‐888‐238‐1233
from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Homestead benefit
information is also available on the Division’s website.
The benefit is now
distributed as a credit on a quarterly real estate tax billing from your
municipality – as it should be.Checks
are only issued if you have sold, or are planning to sell, your home.