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Senator Allen Helps Gov. Christie With Toolkit Legislation

November 23, 2010

Bill Allows Tax Refunds to Be Credited Against Property Tax Debt


Diane Allen

            Legislation sponsored by Senators Michael Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon) and Diane Allen (R-Burlington, Camden) that would allow state income tax refunds to be credited against property tax debts passed the Senate today with broad bipartisan support.


“This bill is an integral part of Governor Christie’s toolkit that will give local officials the methods they need to keep property taxes under the two percent cap that was implemented in July,”


Doherty began. 

“It is important that all of these bills are passed before the cap takes effect January 1, 2011 in order to avoid catastrophic layoffs or cuts in vital services.”


            The measure changes current law to allow gross income tax refunds to be used to satisfy municipal property tax delinquencies.  Only homestead rebate property tax rebates are allowed to be used to satisfy a municipal property tax delinquency.  The bill requires that in the case of delinquent child support payments that the child support debt be satisfied first.


“This common-sense piece of the Governor’s toolkit merely brings income tax refunds into equivalence with the practice now used with homestead property tax rebates,”

Allen continued. 

“I am especially pleased that before any other debt is satisfied, any refund must be used for child support payments that are in arrears; this is a step that should have been taken long ago.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. DIANA ROOD permalink
    November 25, 2010 2:25 pm

    Thank you so much!! Diana and Charles Rood

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