Eligible Sussex County homeowners should receive the Homestead Benefit Rebate Application Packet on or about September 21st in the mail or by email for whose who requested electronic applications last year. The deadline for filing is Thusday, November 30, 2017. The Homestead Benefit Internet filing application on the Division of Taxation website (www.njtaxation.org) 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 may be eligible for the 2015 Homestead Benefit if they meet the following conditions:
- Their permanent legal residence was in New Jersey.
- Owned and occupied a home in New Jersey that was their principal residence on October 1, 2014.
- Had NJ gross income for 2015 that was not more than $150,000 for homeowners who were 65 or older or disabled; and not more than $75,000 for homeowners who were under age 65 and not disabled. The income limits apply to a single individual, a married/civil union couple living in the same residence, and a married/civil union partner maintaining a residence separate from their spouse/civil union partner.
- The home was subject to local property taxes, and the 2015 property taxes were paid. (The State Budget requires that the benefit amount be calculated using 2006 property taxes.)
Due to the income requirements many homeowners will not receive applications for 2015. Most homeowners who do qualify will receive the benefit as a credit on a future property tax bill.