Hunterdon Officials Remind Veterans ‘Don’t Miss Out’ On The New State Income Tax Exemption


The Hunterdon County Freeholders, County Clerk
Mary Melfi and Veterans’ groups have joined forces
in a public information campaign to make sure that all
Veterans are aware they are eligible for a new $3000
exemption when filing their New Jersey state income
tax forms for 2017.
Freeholder Director Matt Holt said, “Service to the
nation has always demanded sacrifice. We in
Hunterdon County believe the tax exemption is an
appropriate way to honor and thank those who have
made that sacrifice. We want to make sure all
Veterans know they are eligible for this deserved and
significant tax break when they complete their tax
The Freeholders will be joining forces with County
Clerk Mary Melfi and Hunterdon County Veteran
groups to make sure no Veteran misses out.”
Posters and other communications will be distributed
around the County telling Veterans ‘Don’t Miss Out’ on the new $3000 NJ Income Tax exemption. The
exemption can be found on NJ Form 1040, Line 12 C. Veterans must provide a copy of the Certificate of
Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214, with the tax filing.
Freeholder John King, long involved in Veterans’ issues for the Freeholder Board, commented, “Unlike some
other Veterans’ benefit programs in the State, all who have served in our military qualify for this benefit,
regardless of the period served. As I have said before, we as a nation owe a great debt to all who have served in
uniform and this acknowledgment is long overdue.”
County Clerk Mary Melfi stated, “Those who have served our nation have a special place in my heart. The
County Clerk’s office offers a number of services for Veterans and I am thrilled to join the effort to make sure
those men and women who served don’t miss out on the tax exemption benefit that they have earned.”
Matthew Holt, Hunterdon County Freeholder Director;
Robert Godown, former VFW Commander, Post 7856,
Vietnam War Veteran; Mary Melfi, Hunterdon County
Clerk and current NJAC President and John W. King,
Hunterdon County Freeholder
The County Clerk’s office records Honorable Discharges and Veterans’ DD-214’s and offers a Veteran
Identification Card free of charge. Recording these important papers affords Veteran’s the security of knowing
their discharges are permanently on record within Clerk’s office. This document may be required as proof of
eligibility for benefits.
All discharge documents filed with the Clerk’s office are considered confidential and can only be accessed by
veterans or their family members.