"Individuals with household incomes up to $70,000 for the 2012 year who meet the program requirements are eligible for a property tax rebate."
Senator Jeff Van Drew encourages eligible seniors and disabled homeowners to apply for property tax relief, noting that the deadline for homeowners to file 2012 Senior Freeze Property Tax Reimbursement applications has been extended from June 3 to September 16, 2013.
"The senior freeze program provides much-needed property tax relief to seniors and residents living with disabilities, many of whom are on a fixed budget. Especially in this economy, the relief this program provides by holding property taxes down can make a real difference for those who are trying to cover the rising costs of groceries, fuel, medications and other daily expenses," said Senator Van Drew (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). "I encourage those who are eligible to apply and to obtain the property tax relief they are entitled to under this state program."
Those who are 65 or older or disabled, have a 2012 household income of $82,880 or less, have lived in New Jersey for the last ten years, have owned or lived in their home for at least three years and have paid their full property tax amount since joining the Senior Freeze program can request an application through the Senior Freeze Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline at 1-800-882-6597.
Individuals with household incomes up to $70,000 for the 2012 year who meet the program requirements are eligible for a property tax rebate.
Those with incomes above $70,000 and up to $82,880 a year, may apply to establish their base year property tax rate, but are not eligible to receive a 2012 rebate.
Residents with questions regarding the program or who need assistance applying can also reach out to Senator Van Drew's District Office in Cape May Courthouse at (609)456-0700 or Millville at (856)765-0891.
According to information from the Department of Treasury, checks for the Senior Freeze program for those residents who applied before the original June 3 deadline will be mailed in mid-July.
Checks for eligible senior or disabled homeowners who file their applications during the extended filing period will be processed and delivered as quickly as possible after the first checks are sent.
Last year, 186,000 senior and disabled residents received checks averaging almost $1,200, the state Department of Treasury reported.
"Seniors now have until September 16 to apply for the program, which effectively 'freezes' a homeowner's property taxes at the amount paid the year a resident enrolled," said Van Drew. "This provides real relief to residents, which is the reason the Senior Freeze program has remained a priority for the state. My office is available to assist anyone who has questions or needs assistance filling out the required paperwork. The goal is to ensure that all residents who are eligible receive the benefit that this program provides."
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