Am I eligible for the Senior Citizen/Surviving Spouse Deduction?

Senior Citizen Deduction Qualifications:

  • Applicant must reside in property as their principal place of residence.
  • Must be a citizen of New Jersey.
  • Must be 65 years of age or older.
  • Must be the owner or tenant-shareholder of property.
  • Annual income must be less than $10,000 - single or combined husband and wife. Proof of income is required. Income:
    • In most cases, Social Security is not counted.
    • The most helpful proof of income would be the most recent federal income tax form filed by the applicant. The State of New Jersey Division of Taxation conducted an audit. If you file a federal 1040 income tax form - the lines 1 through 5 on page one of the 1040 and lines 10 thru 21 of schedule 1 will affect your eligibility - these lines must be less than $10,000 to qualify. If it is over $10,000 you would not qualify for this deduction.
    • If someone receives a government pension (federal, state, county, municipal, police, fireman, teacher, or military), please contact our office - there is an exclusion that can be deducted from either the pension or the Social Security. Call our office for details.
    • If someone receives a railroad pension - please call our office for the amount to exclude.
    • Income includes pensions, interest, salaries, rental income, inheritance, unemployment, etc.
  • You must meet all of the requirements as of October 1st of the pre-tax year to qualify for the current year. Example: October 1st of 2010 to qualify for 2011.
  • Applications can be obtained in the Tax Assessor's Office:
    2090 Greenwood Avenue
    P.O. Box 150
    Hamilton, NJ 08650
  • Questions can be directed to 609-890-3654 or 609-890-3657

Surviving Spouse Deduction Qualifications:

  • Applicant must reside in property as their principal place of residence.
  • Must be a citizen of New Jersey.
  • Must be 55 years of age or more as of December 31 pretax year and at the time of spouse's death
  • Must be the owner or tenant-shareholder of property.
  • Annual income must be less than $10,000 - single or combined husband and wife. Proof of income is required. Income:
    • In most cases, Social Security is not counted.
    • The most helpful proof of income would be the most recent federal income tax form filed by the applicant. The State of New Jersey Division of Taxation conducted an audit. If you file a federal 1040 income tax form - the lines 1 through 5 on page one of the 1040 and lines 10 thru 21 of schedule 1 will affect your eligibility - these lines must be less than $10,000 to qualify. If it is over $10,000 you would not qualify for this deduction.
    • If someone receives a government pension (federal, state, county, municipal, police, fireman, teacher, or military), please contact our office - there is an exclusion that can be deducted from either the pension or the Social Security. Call our office for details.
    • If someone receives a railroad pension - please call our office for the amount to exclude.
    • Income includes pensions, interest, salaries, rental income, inheritance, unemployment, etc.
  • You must meet all of the requirements as of October 1st of the pre-tax year to qualify for the current year. Example: October 1st of 2010 to qualify for 2011.
  • Applications can be obtained in the Tax Assessor's Office:
    2090 Greenwood Avenue
    P.O. Box 150
    Hamilton, NJ 08650
  • Questions can be directed to 609-890-3654 or 609-890-3657

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1. Am I eligible for the Disability/Surviving Spouse Deduction?
2. Am I eligible for the Senior Citizen/Surviving Spouse Deduction?
3. Am I eligible for the Veteran/Widow of a Veteran Deduction?
4. Do property tax deductions get charged back when a property is sold?
5. If I am eligible for the Disability/Surviving Spouse Deduction, how do I apply?
6. If I am eligible for the Senior Citizen/Surviving Spouse Deduction, how do I apply?
7. If I am eligible for the Veteran/Widow of a Veteran Deduction, how do I apply?
8. What property tax deductions are available through the township?
9. What should I do with the annual post tax year statement that I received?
10. Why was my $250 senior or disability deduction removed from my property tax account?
11. I am a Disabled Vet, am I entitled to a tax exemption?
12. What qualifies land for Farmland Assessment?
13. What property tax deductions are available through the township?
14. What Property Tax Relief Programs are available from the State?
15. How do I apply for a five year property tax abatement?
16. How do I apply for Reimbursement Assistance known as Tax Freeze or Blue Book?
17. I am applying for reimbursement assistance; how do I get proof that my taxes are paid up to date?
18. When will my homestead rebate be applied?
19. Where can I get assistance with completing the form for Reimbursement Assistance (Blue Book)?