2012 NJ Homestead Benefit Information

Here’s information directly from the NJ Division of Taxation:

The Division of Taxation has begun mailing applications for the 2012
Homestead Benefit. Applications are being mailed to homeowners over the
next three weeks according to the schedule below. The deadline for filing
is Friday, November 22, 2013
.

The Homestead Benefit application delivery dates by county are:

  • Camden, Hudson, Hunterdon, Salem, Somerset – October 10
  • Bergen, Burlington, Cumberland, Warren – October 12
  • Morris, Ocean – October 15
  • Atlantic, Essex, Monmouth, Sussex – October 18
  • Cape May, Union – October 19
  • Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic – October 22

Homeowners who asked to receive their applications electronically will be
sent an email containing instructions for downloading their 2012
application packet. These messages will also be sent out by county
according to the delivery schedule above.

Because previous State Budgets limited eligibility for senior/disabled
homeowners to those with New Jersey gross income of $150,000 or less
, and
for nonsenior/nondisabled homeowners to those with New Jersey gross income
of $75,000 or less
, homeowners whose 2012 income exceeded these limits will
not receive applications.

With very few exceptions, Homestead Benefit applications must be filed over
the Internet or by phone. Homeowners who receive a packet should read it
carefully and, if they meet the eligibility requirements, complete the
worksheet in the packet prior to filing. The answers to most questions can
be found in the application packet. Homeowners who have already sold the
home that was their principal residence on October 1, 2012, or who plan to
sell should pay particular attention to the instructions regarding sale of
property to ensure they complete the application correctly.

Information on the 2012 Homestead Benefit is available at:
http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/homestead/geninf.shtml

The homeowner benefit Internet filing application on the Division of
Taxation Web site (www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/) and automated
telephone filing system (1-877-658-2972) will be available 24 hours a day,
7 days a week during the filing period. Homeowners who have questions or
need help filing their applications can call the Homestead Benefit Hotline
at 1-888-238-1233. Representatives are available from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30
p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Most eligible homeowners will receive their Homestead Benefit for 2012 as a
credit on a future property tax bill instead of receiving a rebate check
(or direct deposit). These homeowners can expect to receive a property tax
bill or advice copy from their tax collector that will reflect the amount
of the benefit. Those homeowners who indicate when filing that they no
longer own the property or those whose principal residence was a unit in a
co-op or continuing care retirement community, will have their benefit
issued in the form of a check (or direct deposit).

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