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Coughlin & Downey Bill Extending Deadline to Apply for Senior Freeze Property Tax Rebates Gains Assembly Approval

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Craig Coughlin and Joann Downey granting seniors and disabled residents more time to apply for their property tax rebates was unanimously approved by the full Assembly 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.”

“Property tax rebates are often a much-needed income boost that can make the difference between whether someone can afford their prescriptions or pay their utility bill,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “By extending the deadline, hopefully we can ensure that more seniors and disabled residents have time to apply for what is rightfully owed to them.”

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 now awaits consideration by the Senate.