2019 ANCHOR Property Tax Relief Program

New Jersey residents soon will receive filing information mailers for the 2019 ANCHOR – Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters – property tax relief program. The ANCHOR program replaces the Homestead Benefit program and expands the amount of property tax relief while also boosting eligibility to twice as many homeowners and including tenants, once again. The deadline for filing an ANCHOR application is Friday, December 30, 2022.

The State will begin sending mailers to tenants and homeowners to Passaic County persons around September 26, 2022. Please do not call about a missing mailer until at least two weeks after September 26, 2022.

The Division will email 2019 ANCHOR program filing information to homeowners who had requested their 2019 application to be sent through email when they filed their 2018 Homestead Benefit application. All eligible tenants can file online or by completing a paper application. However, the Division encourages online filing and tenants have no phone option.

The online application, filing instructions, and paper applications can be accessed at nj.gov/taxation. The automated telephone filing system will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the filing period at 1 (877) 658-2972.

To be eligible, homeowners must have:

  1. Been a New Jersey resident; and
  2. Owned and occupied a home in New Jersey that was their principal residence (main home) on October 1, 2019; and
  3. Paid the 2019 property taxes on their main home, and
  4. Had 2019 New Jersey gross income of not more than $250,000.

To be eligible, tenants must have:

  1. Been a New Jersey resident; and
  2. Rented and occupied an apartment or residence in New Jersey that was their principal residence (main home) on October 1, 2019; and
  3. Lived in a unit with its own separate kitchen and bath facilities (if the building had more than one dwelling unit); and
  4. Paid rent on their main home, which was subject to local property taxes; and
  5. Had 2019 New Jersey gross income of not more than $150,000.

Applicants will choose to receive their benefits either as a check or direct deposit.