Businesses and individuals facing unpaid NJ tax liabilities may be able to get a break on penalties according to the tax amnesty measure signed into law on July 1, 2018. The amnesty period will not begin before November 1, 2018 and will end by January 15, 2019. The program will apply to state tax liabilities for tax returns due on and after February 1, 2009 and prior to September 1, 2017. The measure will apply to all state taxes including gross income, corporate business tax and sales and use tax. However, it does not apply to unemployment type taxes administered by the Department of Labor.
Why should I do this now? Because under this limited-time offer (remember, the clock runs out by January 15, 2019) the Division of Taxation will forgive all penalties, and one-half of the accrued interest due at Nov. 1, 2018.
Here are some more details
- The program will also apply to amounts currently under audit or being contested with the NJ Div. of Taxation.
- A start date for the program has not yet been announced.
- NJ Amnesty will provide relief for 2009 – 2016 delinquent individual or business tax return filers.
- The program also forgives all penalties and 50% of interest for delinquent sales and use tax filings for quarters ending Dec. 31, 2009 – June 30, 2017.
Is there a hitch? Sort of. The bad news is that if a taxpayer is eligible for amnesty and does not take advantage of it, an additional 5% penalty will be added to the already imposed penalties and interest on the original tax liability.
To see if this program is right for you, please contact our Tax Manager, Steven Citron