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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.

Line by Line Filing Information

Use the instructions below to help you file your Homestead Benefit application over the telephone or online. You can change all preprinted information, with the exception of Name and Property Location, when you file online or over the phone

Deceased Homeowners

If you are an executor or surviving spouse/civil union partner, filing on behalf an eligible homeowner who died on or after October 1, 2017, you must file a paper application. You can get a paper application using your ID and PIN through the online filing system or through the telephone filing system. Call 1-877-658-2972.

Note: When you apply on behalf of a deceased homeowner, approved checks are issued 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 bank account.

Preprinted Identification Number and PIN

Use the instructions below to help you file your Homestead Benefit application over the telephone or online. You can change all preprinted information, with the exception of Name and Property Location, when you file online or over the phone.

File for the property shown with your Identification Number and PIN only if you owned and occupied it as your principal residence on October 1, 2017. If you did not own it or it was not your principal residence on that date, do not file for this property. Contact us if you owned and occupied a different property on October 1, 2017.

Multiple Owners: Did You Own the Property with Someone Who is Not Your Spouse/CU Partner?

Use the instructions below to help you file your Homestead Benefit application over the telephone or online. You can change all preprinted information, with the exception of Name and Property Location, when you file online or over the phone.

If you owned your home with someone who was not your spouse/civil union partner on October 1, 2017, the benefit is available only for the share (percentage) of the property you owned. Only your proportionate share of property taxes is used to calculate your benefit, even if the other owner does not live in the home.

If you owned the property with someone who was not your spouse/civil union partner and there is no percentage preprinted on your application, you must file a paper application. You can get a paper application using your ID and PIN through the online filing system or through the telephone filing system. Call 1-877-658-2972.

Example: You and your sister own the home you live in. She does not live with you, and you pay all the property taxes. Since you own only one-half (50%) of the property, we calculate your benefit using 50% of the property taxes.

Multiple Units: Did the Property Have More Than One Unit?

If the property consisted of more than one residential unit and there is no percentage preprinted on your application, you must file a paper application. You do not qualify if your property has more than four units or if it has more than one commercial unit. You can get a paper application using your ID and PIN through the online filing system or through the telephone filing system. Call 1-877-658-2972.

Example: You are the sole owner of a four-unit property. The units are equal in size, and one of the units is your principal residence. Since you occupy only one-fourth (25%) of the property, we calculate your benefit using 25% of the property taxes.

Note: Condominium units and units in co-ops or continuing care retirement communities are not considered multiunit properties.

Residential unit means a single, separate dwelling unit that must include complete, independent living facilities for one or more persons. This unit must contain permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation along with separate kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Social Security Number and Birth Year

You must enter your entire Social Security number and birth year as part of the filing process. If you were married or in a civil union and you maintained the same principal residence on October 1, 2017, you must also provide your spouse's/CU partner's Social Security number and birth year.

Do You Still Own the Property Listed in This Packet?

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" below.

Note: If you answer "Yes" to this question, the benefit will reduce the tax bill of the person who owns the property on the date the benefit is paid. If you answer "yes" and later sell your home after filing this application, the only way to receive your 2017 Homestead Benefit is to negotiate it at the closing of your property sale. Discuss these instructions with your attorney or closing agent.

Filing Status

You must use the same filing status you used on your 2017 New Jersey Income Tax return. Using a different filing status may delay your benefit. If you were not required to file a return, use the same filing status you would have used if you had filed.

Filing Status on Your 2017 New Jersey Income Tax Return Filing Status Number
Single 1
Married/CU couple, filing joint return 2
Married/CU partner, filing separately – If you maintained separate principal residences on October 1, 2017, file separate applications. 3
Married/CU partner, filing separately – If you maintained the same principal residence on October 1, 2017, file one application. 6
Head of Household – You must meet certain criteria to use this filing status. 4
Qualifying widow(er)/surviving CU partner – You must meet certain criteria to use this filing status. 5

New Jersey Gross Income

Report the amount of your New Jersey Gross Income on Line 28 of your NJ-1040. If you are not required to file a return, enter zero as your Gross Income. If you are required to file a return and have not yet filed, complete the NJ-1040 to determine your reportable income. Do not include Social Security or Railroad Retirement Benefits as income.

Note: If you and your spouse/civil union partner file separate returns and maintain the same principal residence, you must report your combined income for the entire year as your New Jersey Gross Income.

Age 65 or Older and/or Blind or Disabled

Indicate whether or not you or your spouse/civil union partner were 65 or older or blind or disabled on December 31, 2017.

Direct Deposit Information

You can have your benefit deposited directly into your account at a bank or other financial institution only if your home was a unit in a co-op or a continuing care retirement community or you answered "No" that you no longer own your home or will not own your home as of December 2, 2019. (Most homeowners will receive a credit on a future property tax bill).

Enter your banking information through the online filing system or when prompted through the telephone filing system. Your bank routing number must be nine digits. The first two digits must be 01 through 12 or 21 through 32. Contact your financial institution to get the correct routing number if you are unsure. Your account number can be up to 17 digits (numbers only). Do not include hyphens, spaces, special symbols, and letters.

Note: The Division of Taxation is not responsible for a lost benefit if you enter the wrong account information for a direct deposit. You must contact your financial institution for assistance in such cases.

Confirmation Number. If you file by phone, do not hang up until you receive your confirmation number. If you file online, click CONFIRM at the end to receive your confirmation number. Keep this number for your records as proof that you filed a Homestead Benefit application.


Last Updated: Wednesday, 03/25/20