2009 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement)

State of New Jersey
Department of the Treasury
For Immediate Release: For Information Contact:
July 30, 2010 Andy Pratt or Bill Quinn
(609) 633-6565

Filing Deadline Extended to November 1 for “Senior Freeze” Applications

The deadline for filing 2009 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) applications
has been extended to Nov. 1. The current deadline is Aug. 2.

The State Budget permits applicants who received a reimbursement last year to get a
check in 2010, provided their 2009 income was $70,000 or less and they meet all other
eligibility requirements. However, the budget limits reimbursement payments to the
amount the applicant received last year.

The budget also provides that new applicants are not eligible to receive a check in 2010.
So seniors and disabled residents who didn’t get a check last year should similarly not
expect to get one this year.

However, everyone who meets the age and income requirements is encouraged to file an
application. It will establish the “base year” for property tax calculations. If
reimbursements are fully funded in future budgets, filing could bring an applicant a
higher payment.

Residents should not confuse the Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) with the
Homestead Rebate Program. They are two distinct property tax relief programs with
different eligibility requirements and separate applications. Filing for the Senior Freeze is
going on right now, but filing for benefits under the Homestead Rebate Program will not
begin until later in the year.

Applications for the Homestead Rebate program are scheduled to be mailed in the fall.
Detailed information about the Senior Freeze is available on the Division of Taxation’s website at www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/2009ptr_seniorfreeze.shtml. Applications can be downloaded from the website or obtained by calling the Property Tax Reimbursement hotline at 1-800-882-6597 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.



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