Senior Citizen or Disabled Person Deductions & Exemptions

If you are a qualified Senior Citizen, Disabled Person or Surviving Spouse of a Senior Citizen or Disabled Person, you may be eligible for a property tax deduction that would reduce your tax liability. You can request an application form for any of the below listed deductions or exemptions from the Tax Assessor’s Office.

An annual $250 deduction from property taxes is available for the property of a qualified senior citizen, disabled person or surviving spouse who meet certain income requirements. Senior Citizen, Disabled Person and Surviving Spouse are defined as follows:

Senior Citizen – Age 65 or more as of December 31 of the pre-tax year.
Disabled Person – Permanently and totally disabled as of December 31 of the pre-tax year.
Surviving Spouse – Age 55 or more as of December 31 of the pre-tax year and at the time of death of person receiving Senior Citizen or Disabled Person Deduction.

In addition to the requirements set forth above, the applicant must be an owner and resident of the home as of October 1 of the pre-tax year and a New Jersey resident one year prior to that date and a yearly income less than $10,000 excluding Social Security Income and Disability Benefit Income or certain public pensions, which ever is more.

You can request an application from the Tax Assessor’s Office, a Property Tax Deduction Form can be filed with the Assessor or Collector. Additional proofs include proof of age and an Income Statement. The Tax Assessor may also require an applicant to furnish a copy of their most recent Income Tax Return.