By using your Social Security Number and estimated refund amount, you can check the status of your New Jersey (NJ) state tax refund. Remember, when you e-file your tax return, you generally receive your income tax refund faster than paper filing. Choosing direct deposit speeds up the refund process even more.
Where’s My Refund?
New Jersey works hard to prevent identity theft and fraudulent use of taxpayer information. These anti-fraud protections cause a small delay in receiving your tax refund. Processing returns and issuing correct refunds is the goal of the New Jersey Department of Taxation.
Your tax refund may be delayed if you entered incorrect direct deposit information. If you received a request for documents or additional information from the Department of Taxation, respond immediately. Your income tax return and refund won’t be processed without responding to the Department’s request.
Live in New Jersey but work in New York?
If you were a resident of New Jersey for any part of the year, you must file a New Jersey state income tax return. That includes living in New Jersey for only part of the year. You will owe personal income tax to New Jersey on your New York wages, even if your employer didn’t withhold New Jersey income tax from your pay. If New York income tax was withheld, you need to file a New York state nonresident tax return to receive a refund of the tax paid to New York.
How to check your New Jersey refund status
Like the IRS, New Jersey allows you to check the status of your tax refund online. The New Jersey Department of Taxation is where you can find your NJ tax refund status. Check the status of your New Jersey tax refund using these resources.
State: New Jersey
Refund Status Phone Support: Automated: 1-800-323-4400 (within NJ, NY, PA, DE, and MD)
Hours: Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Staffed hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except State holidays.
General Tax Information: 1-609-292-6400
Online Contact Form: https://www.state.nj.us/treas/taxation/contactus_tyttaxa.shtml
2019 State Tax Filing Deadline: April 15, 2020
Note: Please wait at least four weeks before checking the status of your refund on an e-filed filed returns and 12 weeks for a paper filed return.
New Jersey Tax Brackets
The state of New Jersey is known for having one of the highest income tax rates in the United States. Here is a look at the tax brackets based on filing status.
Single Filers/Married Filing Separately NJ Tax Brackets
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Married Filing Jointly/Heads of Household NJ Tax Brackets
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New Jersey Income and Deductions
In New Jersey, a few different types of income are not taxable. Social Security benefits, unemployment compensation, and lottery winnings below $10,000 are not taxed.
When it comes to tax deductions, New Jersey taxpayers are limited in what they can use on their return. There is no standard deduction available, and the majority of itemized deductions are not allowed. There are, however, a few expenses the state does allow taxpayers to deduct on their state returns. Certain medical expenses that are 2 percent more than the gross income of a taxpayer in New Jersey are deductible. Health insurance payments for self-employed taxpayers and contributions to Archer MSA can also be claimed as deductions. Lastly, alimony payments and property taxes on a primary residence are also tax deductible.
Taxpayers in New Jersey can also claim personal exemptions. Each of those values vary depending on the filer type. For example, single filers can claim a personal exemption of $1,000, and married filing jointly filers can claim a personal exemption of $2,000. Both types can also claim a $1,500 personal exemption for each of their dependents.