To receive a tax refund from the state of New Jersey, you must file a state tax return. You could be eligible for a refund if you had NJ income tax withheld, paid estimated taxes, or you qualify for certain tax credits.
Residents of New Jersey: You are required to file a state income tax return IF:
Part-Time residents of New Jersey: You must file a New Jersey state tax return IF:
Non-Residents of New Jersey: You must file a New Jersey state tax return IF:
Beginning with tax year 2018, the top income tax bracket – income over 5 million dollars – will be taxed at an increased rate of 10.75%. The other tax brackets remain unchanged, at 6.37%, 5.53%, and 3.5% for the lowest income bracket.
The state sales tax rate in New Jersey is 6.625% for taxable goods and services. Notable items that are not subject to sales tax in New Jersey include clothing, unprepared foods, and real estate.
New Jersey property tax rates are among the highest in the nation. Rates are determined at the municipal level, and the amount you owe is based on your property’s market value. To learn more about the specific property tax rate in your municipality, click here.
As a resident of New Jersey, you could qualify for a property tax credit or deduction. You may only apply one of these benefits to your tax liability:
The New Jersey Property Tax Deduction - Qualified homeowners and tenants may deduct up to $15,000 for property taxes paid during the year. The deduction amount is based on your taxable income, filing status, and the amount of property tax paid. Tenants can deduct an amount equal to 18% of rent.
The New Jersey Property Tax Credit - The property tax credit is a refundable credit worth $50. It is applied directly to your tax bill to either lower your tax liability or increase your refund (if you owe $0).
If you file a federal extension:
If you don’t file a federal extension:
Amended New Jersey state returns must be printed out and mailed to the New Jersey Division of Taxation.
NJ Residents need to file a Form NJ-1040X.
Non-residents should use a Form NJ-1040NR and write the word “Amended” in the upper right-hand corner.
For a full list of payment options through the New Jersey Division on Taxation, click here.
Changes to the state tax laws have increased New Jersey’s Earned Income Tax Credit. For tax year 2018, qualifying taxpayers could receive a credit worth 37% of their federal EITC. That percentage will increase to 39% in 2019, and 40% in 2020.
If you are eligible to receive the federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, you could also receive a Child and Dependent Care Credit from the state. The value of the credit depends on your income and will be worth a percent of your federal amount. The maximum credit is $500 for one qualifying dependent, or $1,000 for two or more qualifying dependents.
For specific questions regarding New Jersey state taxes, contact the NJ Division of Taxation, part of the Department of the Treasury.
Check the status of your New Jersey state tax refund.
For specific questions regarding New Jersey state taxes, contact the New Jersey Department of Revenue.
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