The deadline for New Jersey homeowners to file 2009 Homestead Benefit applications has been extended to Jan. 3, to allow more people to file, state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff announced Thursday. The old deadline was next Monday.
Applications were mailed to homeowners in September, and many potential applicants still need time to file, Sidamon-Eristoff said. Homeowners who meet the eligibility requirements and file timely applications will receive a partial credit against their property tax bill for the second quarter of 2011 for property taxes paid in 2009.
People who owned a home that was their principal residence on Oct. 1, 2009, and paid property taxes on that home, will qualify for a Homestead Benefit, provided their 2009 state income was $75,000 or less, or if they are senior or disabled homeowners and their 2009 state income was $150,000 or less.
Homeowners who need additional information on the Homestead Benefit Program or who require assistance in filing an application may call the state Division of Taxation's Homestead Benefit hotline at 1-888-238-1233 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Information on the Homestead Benefit Program is also available on the division's web site at: www.state.nj .us/treasury/taxationl2009homesteadinfo.shtml and through its automated tax information system at 1-800-323-4400 (Touch-Tone phones only).
Text telephone service for the hearing impaired is provided at 1-800-286-6613 or 609-984-7300.
Homeowners who have still not filed their applications can do so online at: www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxationl or by phone at 1-877-658-2972. The Internet filing application and automated telephone filing system are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Homestead Benefit Program is different from the Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) Program. A comparison of the eligibility requirements for these two programs can be found on the division's web site at: www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxationl.
Applications for the Senior Freeze Program are due by Monday.
â€” TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM