New for Tax Year 2017.
You are eligible for a $3,000 exemption on your Income Tax return if
you are a military veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty in the Armed Forces
of the United States by the last day of the tax year. Your spouse (or civil union partner) is also eligible for an exemption if he/she
is a veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances and you are filing a joint return. 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.
You must provide a copy of
Form DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, the first time you claim the exemption. This form does not
need to be provided each year. The United States National Archives and Records Administration can assist with obtaining
a copy of your DD-214.
You can certify for the exemption by sending a copy of your DD-214 and Veteran Exemption Submission Form to
the Division before you file, which may help process your return faster. To certify:
If you do not certify before
you file for the exemption, you will need to submit a copy of your DD-214 when you file using:
- A Paper Return. Enclose a copy
of your DD-214 with your return;
- NJ Fill’nFile. Upload your DD-214, along with all of your other documentation, into the repository;
Electronic Filing Methods. If you file your return using NJ WebFile, third-party software (such as TurboTax), or you have a tax
professional who electronically submits your return, you can send a copy of your DD-214 and Veteran Exemption Submission Formusing
one of the three certification methods listed above.