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New Jersey offers the following programs for electronically filing state individual income tax returns: Federal-State E-File (also known as Modernized e-File or MeF), NJ Online Filing and NJ WebFile. These programs provide quick, accurate, convenient and efficient ways for taxpayers to meet their tax obligations.

All electronic filing programs offer key benefits to taxpayers including assured delivery, online edits that reduce filing errors, improved overall processing time (from receipt to posting to the Division of Taxation’s system) and, in cases where a balance is due, the option to submit post-dated electronic check payments (defer payment for up to 90 days in advance of the due date).

You can take advantage of these benefits whether you file the return yourself or have a tax professional file it on your behalf.

State of New Jersey Services

The NJ Online Filing Service is a new and enhanced service for resident income tax return filers, including first time filers. It also provides greater flexibility, convenience, filing speed and accuracy than prior online forms-based services. The service is a free alternative and allows most filers may complete and submit their resident return (NJ-1040) online. It also allows filers to upload scanned copies of required financial documents and schedules. Payments may be made by e-check or credit card.

NJ WebFile is also a free alternative that allows for online filing. This service is designed to assist the vast majority of taxpayers who have relatively simple returns. For tax year 2018, there is no income limitation on using NJ WebFile. Most taxpayers will be able to use NJ WebFile if they were residents of New Jersey for the entire year. Please note however, that eligibility criteria apply for use of this service.

Federal-State or MeF Services

Filing Your Own Return

MeF provides you with the opportunity to file your income tax returns electronically. You can file the current year's return or file returns from two (2) prior years. You will be able to file your returns whether you are expecting a refund, have a balance due, or no balance. The program accepts individual resident and non-resident income tax returns (NJ-1040 and NJ-1040NR) and fiduciary income tax returns (NJ-1041).

Software companies that offer New Jersey-compliant products must successfully test their software with the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services. While there are variations within each software package, the typical process for filing your own return electronically involves preparing and sending your return to the company. Once you have submitted your return to the company, the following automated events occur:

  • The company forwards your return to the IRS.
  • The IRS sends a notice back to the company acknowledging that they have received the return and indicating whether or not they have accepted it. If they accept it, the State return is made available to New Jersey.
  • The Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services then downloads your return and sends a second notice to the company confirming receipt and indicating whether or not the State has accepted it for final processing.
  • The software company sends all notices to you as they receive them. The returns may not be received at the same time. You may receive the State acknowledgment a day later.

If your State return is rejected, you may correct and refile it electronically, essentially through the same process outlined above. If your return is accepted, the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services forwards it to Taxation electronically for final processing.

The entire transmission and receipt confirmation cycle typically takes one to two business days.

Consult your software company for details on using their products and information on any specific service levels that they may warrant. See below for a list of software companies approved by the State of New Jersey.

Approved E-File Software Vendors

Filing With a Tax Professional

You may wish to utilize the services of a tax professional to prepare and submit your return using the same approved software products and processes described in the preceding section.

You can obtain additional information from the IRS online or by visiting your local IRS office.

Correspondence regarding New Jersey's program can be addressed to: State of New Jersey, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, e-Gov Services Unit, PO Box 191, Trenton, NJ 08646-0191. You may also review our FAQ on the MeF program.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02/20/19

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