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Division of Taxation

Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR)

This program provides property tax relief to New Jersey residents who own or rent property in New Jersey as their principal residence and meet certain income limits. The current filing season for the ANCHOR benefit is based on 2020 residency, income, and age.

New: We Will File for You; No Action Required by You

We will file ANCHOR applications on behalf of most qualified residents who received an ANCHOR benefit earlier this year (for tax year 2019). If you qualify, you may have received an "ANCHOR Benefit Confirmation Letter " notifying you that you meet the requirements.

If the information in your confirmation letter remains the same as your prior filing, no action is required on your part. Benefit payments will be issued using the same method and banking information used in your prior filing and contained in your confirmation letter. The letter serves as your confirmation of filing and we will not send you an additional confirmation number. However, you can check the status of your benefit payment beginning in mid-October.  

If any information from your prior filing changed, you must file your application to update these changes (using one of the blue buttons) before September 30, 2023. If you file online, be sure to choose “CONFIRM” at the end of the process to receive a confirmation number. If you file by phone, do not hang up until you receive your confirmation number. Keep this number for your records as proof that you filed an updated application. We do not issue confirmation numbers for paper applications.

You will not be able to make adjustments to your application after September 30, 2023. Payments will be issued using the information we have on file.

Some people who received an ANCHOR benefit last year may receive a green or purple filing packet in the mail instead of a confirmation letter. If you received one of these packets follow the instructions in the packet to apply for your benefit.

I did not receive an ANCHOR Benefit Confirmation Letter or filing packet. Can I still apply for the benefit?

If you did not receive a confirmation letter or filing packet , but meet the qualifications for the benefit based on 2020 residency, income, and age, you may still apply for the program:

Homeowners. Most homeowners may file online or by phone with an identification number (ID) and PIN. However, if you bought your home in 2020, altered your deed, or had certain life changes such as a divorce or death of a spouse, you must file an application by mail.

Renters may file using the online option, and do not need an ID and PIN.

When will I receive my ANCHOR benefit?

Payments will be issued on a rolling basis. Most applicants can expect to receive their payment approximately 90 days after filing the application, unless we request additional information to process your claim.

Filing deadline

If you received the ANCHOR Benefit Confirmation Letter notifying you that you qualify and you do nothing else, we will file the application for you and pay the benefit based on information in that letter. However, if you need to change any information, you have until September 30, 2023, to file an application on your own.

All other applicants have until Friday, December 29, 2023, to file applications.

Scam Alert

We will never initiate a text exchange to request personally identifiable information regarding your ANCHOR benefit.

We urge you to contact us directly before providing any sensitive personal information in response to received communications claiming to be related to the ANCHOR program. Visit our Scams page for more information.

Last Updated: Friday, 09/15/23