Division of Tax Collection
Property Tax Reimbursement
The State of New Jersey’s Property Tax Reimbursement (PTR or “Senior Freeze”) program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled persons for property tax increases on their principal residence. Applicants are required to submit to the State proof of the amount of property taxes that were due and paid along with the applications. This can be accomplished by either one of the following ways:
- The Division of Taxation will accept copies of the tax bills for the requested year(s) along with copies of cancelled checks or receipts for the taxes paid for those years.
- Alternatively, a verification form is provided with the PTR application. This form can be completed by a Certified Tax Collector.
The Tax Office receives an average of 15 forms per day to be completed, with some days receiving as many as 38 forms. With three employees and only one who is a Certified Tax Collector, the Tax Office processes these applications as expeditiously as possible. Typically, the forms are completed and available the following business day. Homeowners may provide a self-addressed stamped envelope if they prefer the completed form to be returned to them via mail.
No personal identifying information other than name and address is required to be included in the submission to the Tax Office, and residents are encouraged to leave only the form, rather than the entire application booklet. While the form does ask for the applicants’ social security numbers, we neither require nor ask the resident to provide that when leaving the form at our office. This information can be filled in after the form is completed by the Tax Collector and prior to mailing to the State. Please note that any PTR applications held by the Tax Office are maintained in a locked safe in the office, and the office itself is locked at all times. The deadline to submit the application package to the State of NJ is October 31.