Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Craig Coughlin granting seniors and disabled residents more time to apply for their property tax rebates gained approval from an Assembly panel on Thursday.
“For those living on a fixed income, like seniors and certain disabled residents, every little bit helps,” said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “The senior freeze program can provide a substantial boost to those individuals so we’d like to make sure they have as much time as possible to apply and take advantage of it.”
The bill (A-3466) would require that applications for participation in the homestead property tax reimbursement program, colloquially known as the “senior freeze” program, be filed with the Director of the Division of Taxation in the Department of the Treasury beginning April 1, and ending October 31, of the year following the year for which the claim is being made.
Under current law, that deadline is June 1 of the following year.
A longer application period will provide more time for senior citizens and disabled individuals who may be eligible to participate in this property tax relief program to apply for a rebate.
The bill was approved by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.