NEW JERSEY — Undocumented New Jersey residents who qualify and filed 2021 federal taxes with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) began receiving relief payments beginning Friday, Nov. 18 of $500 per holder, the state Treasury Department announced. That is, a family of 4 could receive $2,000.
An ITIN is a tax processing number issued by the Federal Internal Revenue Service to people who are required to have a U.S. Tax Identification Number but do not have a Social Security number.
Recipients will automatically receive checks in the coming weeks. If you believe you are eligible for the ITIN Direct Holder Assistance program and have not received your payment by December 15, you may contact the Treasury Department at 609-292-6400 to speak with a representative.
Here we answer a few questions about the unique grant program and explain who benefits from it.
Who is eligible for financial aid?
Any person who:
- You have an ITIN (Personal Taxpayer Identification Number).
- You filed a 2021 New Jersey resident income tax return.
- Meets the income guidelines shown in the table below.
|Number of ITIN holders listed on the 2021 New Jersey Resident Income Tax Return||New Jersey Gross Income Cap for 2021|
How much money will I get if I meet the criteria?
$500 for each ITIN holder listed on the tax return. For example, if a married couple files a joint tax return and claims two dependents, and all four have ITINs, they will receive a total of $2,000.
When will they start sending payments?
Payments began to be sent on Friday 18 November.
I think I’m entitled to a payment, but I haven’t received it. What do I have to do?
If you have not received a payment by December 15, 2022, you may call the Customer Service Center at 609-292-6400 to speak with a representative.
What address will New Jersey use to send my payment?
Your payment will arrive at your registered address, which is typically the address you provide on your tax return.
What can I do if I have lost my check?
You can call the Customer Service Center at 609-292-6400 to speak with a representative.
What if my address or contact information has changed since I filed my taxes?
Do I need to apply for the Direct Assistance Program for ITIN Holders?
You do not need to apply for this program, but you must have filed a 2021 New Jersey Resident Income Tax return to qualify. You can still file a return for 2021 if you haven’t already. A payment from the ITIN Direct Assistance Program will be automatically calculated for eligible ITIN holders after application is submitted.
If I did not file a New Jersey tax return in 2021, can I still qualify for payment?
No. To qualify, you must file a 2021 New Jersey resident income tax return, even if your income is below the filing threshold. The good news is that you can still apply if you haven’t already.
The deadline to present and continue to meet the criteria for this benefit is April 15, 2023.
Other important information
This one-time benefit does not count under the government charge rule or affect who qualifies for public benefit programs like Medicaid, SNAP, or TANF.
To apply, you must complete IRS Form W-7.