SENATE, No. 3293

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

221st LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MAY 20, 2024

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  DOUGLAS J. STEINHARDT

District 23 (Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Modifies eligibility requirements for other retirement income exclusion concerning other sources of income.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act modifying the eligibility requirements for the other retirement income exclusion concerning other sources of income, amending P.L.1977, c.273.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 3 of P.L.1977, c.273 (C.54A:6-15) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    Other retirement income.  a.  (1)  Gross income shall not include income:

     for taxable years beginning before January 1, 2000, of up to $10,000 for a married couple filing jointly, $5,000 for a married person filing separately, or $7,500 for an individual filing as a single taxpayer or an individual determining tax pursuant to subsection a. of N.J.S.54A:2-1;

     for the taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2000, but before January 1, 2001, of up to $12,500 for a married couple filing jointly, $6,250 for a married person filing separately, or $9,375 for an individual filing as a single taxpayer or an individual determining tax pursuant to subsection a. of N.J.S.54A:2-1;

     for the taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2001, but before January 1, 2002, of up to $15,000 for a married couple filing jointly, $7,500 for a married person filing separately, or $11,250 for an individual filing as a single taxpayer or an individual determining tax pursuant to subsection a. of N.J.S.54A:2-1;

     for the taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2002, but before January 1, 2003, of up to $17,500 for a married couple filing jointly, $8,750 for a married person filing separately, or $13,125 for an individual filing as a single taxpayer or an individual determining tax pursuant to subsection a. of N.J.S.54A:2-1;

     for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2003, but before January 1, 2017, gross income shall not include income of up to $20,000 for a married couple filing jointly, $10,000 for a married person filing separately, or $15,000 for an individual filing as a single taxpayer or an individual determining tax pursuant to subsection a. of N.J.S.54A:2-1;

     for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017 but before January 1, 2018, gross income shall not include income of up to $40,000 for a married couple filing jointly, $20,000 for a married person filing separately, or $30,000 for an individual filing as a single taxpayer or an individual determining tax pursuant to subsection a. of N.J.S.54A:2-1;

     for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, but before January 1, 2019, gross income shall not include income of up to $60,000 for a married couple filing jointly, $30,000 for a married person filing separately, or $45,000 for an individual filing as a single taxpayer or an individual determining tax pursuant to subsection a. of N.J.S.54A:2-1;

     for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, but before January 1, 2020, gross income shall not include income of up to $80,000 for a married couple filing jointly, $40,000 for a married person filing separately, or $60,000 for an individual filing as a single taxpayer or an individual determining tax pursuant to subsection a. of N.J.S.54A:2-1;

     for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, gross income shall not include income of up to $100,000 for a married couple filing jointly, $50,000 for a married person filing separately, or $75,000 for an individual filing as a single taxpayer or an individual determining tax pursuant to subsection a. of N.J.S.54A:2-1,

     when received in any tax year by a person aged 62 years or older who received no income in excess of [$3,000] $25,000 from one or more of the sources enumerated in subsections a., b., k. and p. of N.J.S.54A:5-1.

     (2)   For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2005, the exclusion provided by this subsection shall only be allowed if the taxpayer has gross income for the taxable year of not more than $100,000.

     (3)   The total exclusion under this subsection and that allowable under N.J.S.54A:6-10 shall not exceed the amounts of the exclusions set forth in this subsection.

     b.    In addition to the exclusion provided under N.J.S.54A:6-10 and subsection a. of this section, gross income shall not include income of up to $6,000 for a married couple filing jointly or an individual determining tax pursuant to subsection a. of N.J.S.54A:2-1, or $3,000 for a single person or a married person filing separately, who is not covered under N.J.S.54A:6-2 or N.J.S.54A:6-3, but who would be eligible in any year to receive payments under either section if he or she were covered thereby.

(cf: P.L.2016, c.57, s.10)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill amends the eligibility requirements concerning other sources of income as it relates to the retirement income exclusion.  Under current law, taxpayers are not allowed to claim the retirement income exclusion if they have income in excess of $3,000 from certain sources of income, such as salaries, wages, tips, fees, commissions, net profits from businesses, distributive share of partnership income, net pro rate share of S corporation income, and others.  This bill increases the income limit for those sources of income to $25,000.  However, if a taxpayer’s total gross income exceeds $100,000, the taxpayer will still be ineligible for this exclusion.