How to File
Line-by-Line Filing Instructions
File Online or by Phone
The filing deadline for the latest Homestead Benefit Application — Tax Year 2017 — was December 2, 2019.
When you complete your application, you will receive a confirmation number. Make sure to save it. The confirmation number is your only proof that the application was submitted.
What You Need to File
You will need the assigned Identification Number and PIN of your principal residence you owned and occupied on October 1, 2017 to file by phone or online. Also, be prepared to provide your:
- Social Security number and, if applicable, the Social Security number of your spouse or civil union partner;
- New Jersey Gross Income from Line 28 of your 2017 NJ-1040. (If you are not required to file an NJ-1040, report "0.");
- 2017 filing status;
- Date of birth and, if applicable, your spouse's/civil union partner's date of birth.
You will also be asked if:
- You were 65 or older or blind/disabled as of December 31, 2017.
- You owned the property with someone who is not your spouse/CU partner. If yes, what percentage did you own?
- The property had more than one unit. If yes, what percentage of the property did you use as your principal residence?
- You still own the property. If you sold your home or you plan to close on or before December 2, 2019, you must answer "No." Also, see "Direct Deposit Information."
Need an ID/PIN?
If you have not received filing information in the mail or an email from us, check the application mailing schedule. Allow at least two weeks after the expected delivery date for your county before contacting the Homestead Benefit Hotline at 1-888-238-1233 or visiting a Regional Information Center for help.
If you filed last year and did not receive your application, you may be able to get your ID/PIN and additional filing information here.
Note: If you did not file an application for the 2016 benefit, you were a new homeowner in 2017, or your property was new construction in 2017, your ID and PIN may not be available. Contact us to receive filing instructions.
When to File a Paper Application
Some homeowners are required to file a paper Homestead Benefit application.
You must file a paper application if:
- You shared ownership of your principal residence with someone who was not your spouse/civil union partner and your percentage of ownership is not preprinted on your worksheet.
- Your principal residence was a unit in a multiunit property that you owned and your percentage of occupancy is not preprinted on your Homestead Benefit filing information.
- You received Homestead Benefit filing information for the correct property, but the name on the packet is not yours or needs to be changed due to marriage, death, etc.
- You are a widow(er)/surviving civil union partner and your Homestead Benefit filing information came in both names.
- You are an executor filing on behalf of a deceased homeowner.
- You occupied a newly constructed home on October 1, 2017 that has not yet been assigned a Homestead Benefit Identification Number and PIN.
- You are considered a homeowner through life estate rights or hold a lease for 99 years or more as of October 1, 2017, but your Homestead Benefit filing information did not come in your name.
- You are filing for a property held in trust. (You are considered an eligible owner of a property owned by a trust if you are a beneficiary, or the deed or trust agreement explicitly states that you have a life estate in the property.)
Note: Most homeowners filing paper applications will need to include supporting documentation to verify eligibility. See application instructions for proper enclosures.
You can get a paper application using your ID and PIN or by contacting the Homestead Benefit Hotline (1-888-238-1233).