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Veterans & Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner

An annual $250 deduction from property taxes is available for the property of a qualified Veteran or Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner of a Veteran. In order to be eligible the applicant must be an owner of the property and citizen and resident of New Jersey as of October 1 of the pre-tax year and the Veteran must have been honorably discharged or released from active service in the US Armed Forces during one of the following periods:

Mission or Operation Time Period Served
World Trade Center Rescue & Recovery*


September 11, 2001 – May 30, 2002


Operation Northern/Southern Watch*
August 27, 1992 – March 17, 2003
Operation Iraqi Freedom*
March 19, 2003 – Ongoing
Operation Enduring Freedom*
September 11, 2001 – Ongoing
Joint Endeavor/Joint Guard*
November 20, 1995 – June 20, 1998
Restore Hope Mission*
December 5, 1992 – March 31, 1994
Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm*
August 2, 1990 – February 28, 1991
Panama Peacekeeping Mission*
December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990
Grenada Peacekeeping Mission*
October 23, 1983 – November 21, 1983
Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission*
September 26, 1982 – December 1, 1987
Vietnam Conflict
December 31, 1960 – May 7, 1975
Lebanon Crisis of 1958*
July 1, 1958 – November 1, 1958
Korean Conflict
June 23, 1950 – January 31, 1955
World War II
September 16, 1940 – December 31, 1946
World War I
April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918

* Peacekeeping Missions require a minimum of 14 days service in the actual combat zone except where service incurred injury or disability occurs in the combat zone, then actual time served, though less than 14 days, is sufficient for purposes of property tax exemption or deduction. The 14 day requirement for Bosnia and Herzegovina may be met by service in one or both operations for 14 days continuously or in aggregate. For Bosnia and Herzegovina combat zone also includes the airspace above those nations.

You can request a VSS Form, which can be filed with the Assessor or Collector. Additional proof that is required for a veteran include a copy of the Honorable Discharge or Release (DD-214). A surviving spouse/domestic partner must also include a copy of the veteran’s death certificate.

If you are a Veteran or Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner of a Veteran who served during a Peacekeeping Mission you must also submit the Supplemental Form for Peacekeeping Missions.

Property Tax Exemption for 100% Disabled Veterans or Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partners 
Certain permanently and totally disabled war veterans or the surviving spouses/domestic partners of such disabled war veterans are granted a full property tax exemption on their dwelling house and the lot on which it is situated. 

In order to qualify, you must be an honorably discharged veteran, who had active service in time of war in the U.S. Armed forces (dates), or the unmarried surviving spouse/domestic partner of such a disabled veteran. Surviving spouses of servicepersons who died in active service during a time of war also qualify. The veteran must be certified as 100% permanently and totally disabled by the United States Veteran’s Administration. 

Applicants must also be the owner as well as a permanent resident in the dwelling and a legal resident of the State of New Jersey to qualify. In the case of surviving spouses/domestic partners, the deceased spouse/partner must also have been a legal resident of New Jersey. 

You can request an application from the Tax Assessor’s Office, DVSSE Claim Form, which can be filed at any time during the year with the Assessor. Additional proofs required for a veteran include a copy of the Honorable Discharge or Release (DD-214) and the Veterans Administration Certification of Disability. A surviving spouse/domestic partner must also include a copy of the veteran’s death certificate. 

Last Updated: Wed, 10/30/2019 - 12:18pm