MAYOR BOLLWAGE ANNOUNCES APPLICATIONS FOR 2013 PROPERTY TAX REIMBURSEMENT

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE ANNOUNCES APPLICATIONS FOR 2013 PROPERTY TAX REIMBURSEMENT

ELIZABETH, NJ— March 6, 2014 - Mayor J. Christian Bollwage announced that the 2013 property tax reimbursement (Senior Freeze) applications are currently being mailed to potentially eligible senior citizen and disabled residents by the State of New Jersey’s Division of Taxation The deadline for filing the applications is June 2, 2014.

“I urge all qualified residents to apply for the New Jersey's Property Tax Reimbursement program, which provides support to many senior and disabled homeowners, who are on a restricted budget," said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “The City of Elizabeth’s Office on Aging is assisting our residents and guiding them through this process to ensure that they are submitting everything correctly and promptly.”

The Senior Freeze Program, which is now in its 16th year, reimburses qualified applicants for property tax increases. The amount is the difference between the property taxes due and paid in the applicant’s “base year” and the property taxes for the current year. Applicants must continue to meet all the income eligibility and residency requirements as well as file an application each year to receive the reimbursement.

Residents must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • You were age 65 or older as of December 31, 2012, or if under age 65, you were receiving Federal Social Security disability benefits as of December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2013
  • You have lived in New Jersey continuously since December 31, 2002, or earlier, as either a homeowner or a renter
  • You have owned and lived in your home (or have leased a site in a mobile home park for a manufactured or mobile home that you own) since December 31, 2009 or earlier
  • You paid the full amount of the 2012 property taxes due on your home by June 1, 2013, and paid the 2013 property taxes by June 1, 2014
  • Your total annual income for 2012 did not exceed $82,880* and for 2013 did not exceed $84,289*
  • * Note: With very few exceptions, all income received during the year must be taken into account to determine
  • eligibility (including social security, pension income, etc.)
  • * Eligibility requirements, including income limits and benefits available under this program may be changed by the State Budget. Any changes to the 2013 eligibility requirements will not be finalized until the completion of the State Budget that must be adopted by July 1, 2014.

There are two versions of the property tax reimbursement application. Form PTR-1 is for applicants, who are filing an application for the first time (or who filed an application last year but did not meet all the eligibility requirements). Form PTR-1 applicants must provide income and property tax information for both 2012 and 2013.

Form PTR-2 is a personalized application sent to those who received reimbursement checks for 2012 (or who would have received reimbursement payments had budgetary restrictions not been in place for fiscal year 2014). The PTR-2 application contains some of the information provided on the resident’s base year application.

Residents applying for the 2013 reimbursement must have total income that was $82,880* or less for 2012 and $84,289* or less for 2013. These limits apply for all applicants, regardless of marital/civil union status. However, applicants who are married or in a civil union and living in the same household must report combined income of both spouses/civil union partners. (*Subject to change by State Budget.)

The Division will also mail applications to certain residents, who may qualify to file for the 2013 reimbursement under the modified residency requirements.  This includes those individuals, who moved to a new home, applied and were eligible for reimbursements before their change of residence. Eligibility requirements for these applicants are available at: www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ptr2year.shtml.

If applicants have any additional questions or would like to check the status of their application, they should call the Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline at 1-800-882-6597 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays) or Text Telephone Service (TTY/TDD) for Hard-of-Hearing Users: 1-800-286-6613 or 609-984-7300. If residents would like to listen to information or to order an application, they can call 1-800-323-4400 or if they would like to receive in-person assistance at Taxation Regional Offices they should visit www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ot1.shtml. Any general tax questions: nj.taxation@treas.state.nj.us.

As mentioned, the City of Elizabeth can assist its residents in completing this application. If you would like to make an appointment or need further information, please call our Office on Aging at 908-820-4291.