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COVID-19 Related Tax Information
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2017 Homestead Benefit Program

2017 HOMESTEAD BENEFIT PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Because the COVID-19 pandemic is anticipated to negatively impact the State economy, the New Jersey Department of the Treasury has frozen a portion of spending in order to ensure the State can meet its emergency and statutorily required obligations. Regrettably, this includes freezing funding to support the 2017 Homestead Benefit program.

As a result, any credits intended to be applied to the May 1st property tax bills can no longer be supported by the State at this time. This includes checks or direct deposit to homeowners who previously sold their home, or owners of continuing care and co-op facilities. We empathize with homeowners who depend on these credits, but these proactive steps are necessary at this time. Please continue to check Taxation's website and Treasury’s homepage for updated information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to File

How do I get an Identification Number and PIN so I can file my Homestead Benefit application?
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, or 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.

Should I mail my Homestead Benefit information and/or confirmation number to the Division of Taxation?
No. Keep it for your records. If you received a confirmation number, you filed your application successfully.

I need a paper application. How can I get one?

  • Go to the Online Filing System. Once you enter your Identification Number and PIN, you can print the paper application immediately or you can request that we send you a paper application by mail;
  • Call the Phone Filing System at 1-877-658-2972. After you enter your Identification Number and PIN, you can indicate that the name preprinted on your application is incorrect and we will send you a paper application; or
  • Call the Homestead Benefit Hotline at 1-888-238-1233, (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., except State holidays) to request a paper application.

Change of Address

How do I update my mailing address?
You can change your mailing address when you file online or by phone.
If you have already filed your application, information on changing your address is available online

I owned a home in New Jersey on October 1, 2017, but I sold it. Since I’ve already moved, how will I get my 2017 benefit?
If you sell your home before filing your Homestead Benefit application (or you plan to close on the sale before December 2, 2019), you should answer “No” to the question asking whether you still own the property when you file your application (question 7 on the paper application). We will issue your Homestead Benefit by check (or direct deposit).

What if I unexpectedly sell my home after I file my application? How do I get my benefit?
The only way to receive your 2017 Homestead Benefit is to take credit for the benefit at the closing of your property sale. Discuss this matter with your attorney or closing agent so they can negotiate on your behalf.

Change of Name

My Homestead Benefit filing information has my name and my deceased spouse’s name on it. How do I remove his/her name?
You must file a paper application in your name only. Enclose a copy of your Social Security card and a copy of the death certificate with your application. You can get a paper application online or through the telephone filing system, 1-877-658-2972 using your ID and PIN.

Note: All name changes require you to file a paper application. You must include supporting documentation (i.e. death certificate, marriage certificate, legal documentation) with your application.

Deceased Homeowners

I am filing the application on behalf of an estate. Should I leave the bank account open until the check is issued?
When an application is filed on behalf of a deceased homeowner (or an estate), we issue checks to the estate of the deceased homeowner. Due to the timing of when a check may be issued, you should speak to your bank and/or seek guidance from your attorney prior to closing the estate account.

Divorced Homeowners

My Homestead Benefit filing information has my name and my former spouse’s name on it. How do I file?

If you divorced prior to October 1, 2017, you should file a paper application in your name only and report your percentage of ownership (50% unless otherwise specified on the property deed or the divorce decree).

If you divorced on or after October 1, 2017, but prior to January 1, 2018 and:

  • You lived in the home by yourself on October 1, 2017, file a 2017 Homestead Benefit paper application in your name only and report 100% ownership; or
  • You and your former spouse lived in the home on October 1, 2017, file separate paper applications, each reporting the appropriate percentage of ownership. (50% unless otherwise specified on the property deed or the divorce decree.)

In each case, the homeowner must use the same filing status used on their 2017 New Jersey Income Tax return(s).
You can get a paper application online or through the telephone filing system, (1-877-658-2972) using your ID and PIN.

Income

Where do I find the amount of my 2017 New Jersey Gross Income to report on my application?
Your 2017 New Jersey Gross Income is on Line 28 of your 2017 NJ-1040. If your income was under the filing threshold and you were not required to file a tax return, you would report $0 as your income in Box 10 on the paper application.

My spouse and I each earned income that is below the income limit, but our combined income is higher than the limit. We live in the same home. Do we qualify?
No, you do not qualify because your combined income is over the limit. View more information on the income requirements.

I married during 2017, but was the sole owner of my home on October 1, 2017. What income do I report on my 2017 Homestead Benefit application?
If you and your spouse lived together in your home on October 1, 2017, you must report your combined income on your Homestead Benefit application. If your spouse maintained a separate principal residence on October 1, 2017, you should report only your income on the application.

My husband and I file our Homestead Benefit jointly. He is over 65 and I am under 65. Which income requirements apply?
As long as you are filing jointly, you will follow the income requirements for age 65 or older or blind or disabled.

Filing Status

My spouse and I use the filing status 3 because we file separate Income Tax returns and maintain separate residences. My spouse is disabled and I am not. How do we file?
You must file separate applications. On your application, you will indicate that you were under 65 and not blind or disabled. Your spouse will file as 65 or older or blind or disabled on his/her application.

My spouse and I use the filing status 6 on the Homestead Benefit application because we file separate Income Tax returns but live together. My spouse is disabled and I am not. How do we file?
Since you and your spouse maintain the same residence, you must file only one application, indicating your spouse was 65 or older or blind or disabled.

Trusts

Am I eligible to file if the property is owned by a trust? If eligible, what documents do I need to submit to prove that I am the owner?
To be eligible, you must be a beneficiary of the trust, occupy the home as your principal residence on October 1, 2017, meet the income requirements, and property taxes had to have been paid. You must submit a copy of the trust agreement along with your paper application for proof of eligibility.

Multiple Owners

I own a home with someone who is not my spouse and the percentage of ownership is not listed on the application. How do we file?
Each owner must meet the eligibility requirements on their own and file a separate paper application. A co-owner who did not occupy the property as their principal residence on October 1, 2017, or who does not meet the other eligibility requirements, is not eligible for the benefit and should not file an application. The benefit is available only for the share (percentage) of the property you owned (ex: 50% for two owners, unless otherwise specified on the property deed) even if only one owner lives in the home. You can get a paper application online or through the telephone filing system, (1-877-658-2972) using your ID and PIN.

My fiancé and I shared ownership of our home on October 1, 2017. We married after October 1, 2017. How should we file?
You should file one application in both of your names and report 100% ownership of your home. You must use the same filing status you used on your 2017 New Jersey Income Tax return(s). If the mailed application was only in one name, file a paper application, which you can get online or through the telephone filing system (1-877-658-2972) using your ID and PIN, and include a copy of the marriage certificate.

Multiple Units

I owned a multiunit property and lived in one of the units. My application is not preprinted with the percentage of property I use as my principal residence. How do I file?
You must file a paper application if you meet all of the eligibility requirements. You can get a paper application online or through the telephone filing system (1-877-658-2972) using your ID and PIN. View more information on properties with multiple units.

Condo, Co-Op, or Continuing Care

I owned and lived in a single unit of a condominium complex (or a unit in a co-op or continuing care retirement community). How do I answer the question, “Does the property have more than one unit?
You should answer “No” to this question. You are not considered to be living in a multiple-unit property if your principal residence was a unit in a condominium, co-op, or continuing care retirement community.

Property Tax Payments

My 2017 property taxes are late. Can I still file for a Homestead Benefit?
Yes. If you are delinquent in paying your property taxes, you are still eligible to file an application. Any approved benefit would be credited to your municipality and applied to your balance.

My mortgage company pays my property taxes from an escrow account. How will the Homestead Benefit credit to my property taxes affect the amount of my mortgage payments?
Your mortgage payments will likely not change as a result of your Homestead Benefit credit until your mortgage company conducts your annual escrow account analysis. Contact your mortgage company with additional questions.


Last Updated: Wednesday, 03/25/20