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New Veterans Income Tax Exemption
Effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, an additional personal exemption of $3,000 is available for veterans. Those who have been honorably discharged from or released under honorable circumstances from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, a reserve component thereof, or the National Guard of New Jersey in a federal active duty status, by the last day of the tax year are eligible. Your spouse (or civil union partner) is also eligible for an exemption if he or she is a veteran and meets the criteria.
This exemption is in addition to any other exemptions you are entitled to claim and is available on both the resident and nonresident returns. You cannot claim this exemption for a domestic partner or for your dependents.
In order to apply for the veterans deduction you will need to:
The New Jersey Division of Taxation
PO Box 440
Trenton, NJ 08646-0440
The United States National Archives and Records Administration can assist with obtaining a copy of your DD-214.
Veteran or Civilian: Extension of time to file and pay may apply to you.Members of the Armed Forces of the United States and civilians providing support to the Armed Forces who are serving in a designated combat zone or were hospitalized outside the United States as a result of an injury received while serving in a combat zone are granted an extension of time for filing individual income tax returns and paying tax for the period of combat service or hospitalization, plus 180 days. This extension is also granted to such a taxpayer's spouse/civil union partner who files jointly. No penalty, interest, or addition to tax will be assessed for late filing or late payment of the tax pursuant to this subsection. Taxpayers who file individual income tax returns and pay gross income tax late should attach a statement to the return which indicates their qualification for the tax relief.
If you have any questions please contact your tax professional. For more information please visit: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/military/vetexemption.shtml or call 609-292-6400
-Courtesy of Nisivoccia, LLP, Township auditors