How to File
If you have not received filing information in the mail or an email from us, check the application mailing schedule. Allow at least two weeks after the expected delivery date for your county before contacting the Homestead Benefit Hotline at 1-888-238-1233 or visiting a Regional Information Center for help.
If you filed last year and did not receive your application, you may be able to get your ID/PIN, and additional filing information here.
Note: If you did not file an application for the 2016 benefit, or you were a new homeowner in 2017, or your property was new construction in 2017, your ID and PIN may not be available. Contact us to receive filing instructions.
No. Keep it for your records. If you received a confirmation number, you filed your application successfully.
Change of Address
You can change your mailing address when you file online or by phone.
If you have already filed your application, information on changing your address is available online.
If you sell your home before filing your Homestead Benefit application (or you plan to close on the sale before December 2, 2019), you should answer “No” to the question asking whether you still own the property when you file your application (question 7 on the paper application). We will issue your Homestead Benefit by check (or direct deposit).
The only way to receive your 2017 Homestead Benefit is to take credit for the benefit at the closing of your property sale. Discuss this matter with your attorney or closing agent so they can negotiate on your behalf.
Change of Name
You must file a paper application in your name only. Enclose a copy of your Social Security card and a copy of the death certificate with your application. You can get a paper application online or through the telephone filing system, 1-877-658-2972 using your ID and PIN.
Note: All name changes require you to file a paper application. You must include supporting documentation (i.e. death certificate, marriage certificate, legal documentation) with your application.
When an application is filed on behalf of a deceased homeowner (or an estate), we issue checks to the estate of the deceased homeowner. Due to the timing of when a check may be issued, you should speak to your bank and/or seek guidance from your attorney prior to closing the estate account.
If you divorced prior to October 1, 2017, you should file a paper application in your name only and report your percentage of ownership (50% unless otherwise specified on the property deed or the divorce decree).
If you divorced on or after October 1, 2017, but prior to January 1, 2018 and:
In each case, the homeowner must use the same filing status used on their 2017 New Jersey Income Tax return(s).
You can get a paper application online or through the telephone filing system, (1-877-658-2972) using your ID and PIN.
Your 2017 New Jersey Gross Income is on Line 28 of your 2017 NJ-1040. If your income was under the filing threshold and you were not required to file a tax return, you would report $0 as your income in Box 10 on the paper application.
No, you do not qualify because your combined income is over the limit. View more information on the income requirements.
If you and your spouse lived together in your home on October 1, 2017, you must report your combined income on your Homestead Benefit application. If your spouse maintained a separate principal residence on October 1, 2017, you should report only your income on the application.
As long as you are filing jointly, you will follow the income requirements for age 65 or older or blind or disabled.
You must file separate applications. On your application, you will indicate that you were under 65 and not blind or disabled. Your spouse will file as 65 or older or blind or disabled on his/her application.
Since you and your spouse maintain the same residence, you must file only one application, indicating your spouse was 65 or older or blind or disabled.
Each owner must meet the eligibility requirements on their own and file a separate paper application. A co-owner who did not occupy the property as their principal residence on October 1, 2017, or who does not meet the other eligibility requirements, is not eligible for the benefit and should not file an application. The benefit is available only for the share (percentage) of the property you owned (ex: 50% for two owners, unless otherwise specified on the property deed) even if only one owner lives in the home. You can get a paper application online or through the telephone filing system, (1-877-658-2972) using your ID and PIN.
You should file one application in both of your names and report 100% ownership of your home. You must use the same filing status you used on your 2017 New Jersey Income Tax return(s). If the mailed application was only in one name, file a paper application, which you can get online or through the telephone filing system (1-877-658-2972) using your ID and PIN, and include a copy of the marriage certificate.
Condo, Co-Op, or Continuing Care
You should answer “No” to this question. You are not considered to be living in a multiple-unit property if your principal residence was a unit in a condominium, co-op, or continuing care retirement community.
Property Tax Payments
Yes. If you are delinquent in paying your property taxes, you are still eligible to file an application. Any approved benefit would be credited to your municipality and applied to your balance.
Your mortgage payments will likely not change as a result of your Homestead Benefit credit until your mortgage company conducts your annual escrow account analysis. Contact your mortgage company with additional questions.