This program is commonly known as the Tax Freeze. It is designed to freeze the burden of increasing real estate taxes for qualified applicants by establishing a base year of eligibility, comparing that base year with any subsequent year and refunding the difference to the eligible homeowner. Eligibility must be continuous otherwise a new base year would have to be established.
Must make an application to the State annually
Homeowners must be age 65 or older or receiving Federal Social Security Disability Benefits who paid property taxes on their principal residence in New Jersey. Age requirements apply to the base year as well as the application year
Applicant must be a New Jersey resident for at least 10 years and living in their current home for the last 3 or more years
Must meet income limits as set by the State annually. Income limits apply to the base year as well as the application year;
Property taxes must be paid in full by December 31st each year. Failure to pay property taxes within the year due disqualifies the applicant. A new application would have to be filed the following year that would establish a new base year.
Application booklets are mailed out by the State in late January each year. Application booklets may also be available at the Tax Collector's Office beginning in mid-March.
For More Information
For further information or to request an application, please call the State of New Jersey at 1-800-882-6597.