Urban Enterprise Zones (UEZs) exist to stimulate economic activity in distressed areas. As part of these efforts, the State provides businesses within UEZs with several forms of tax relief incentives. The benefits available to qualified businesses in a UEZ include:
As of May 30, 2018, there are 32 UEZs located in 37 cities. As of this date, five expired UEZs were reinstated in Bridgeton, Camden, Newark, Plainfield, and Trenton. The law also extends the expiration date of 12 other UEZs.
The Urban Enterprise Zone Authority determines which businesses qualify for UEZ tax exemptions and other benefits provided under the program. To qualify, a business must apply online using the UEZ Business Certification System. The system can be accessed through the State’s Premier Business Services website. Please refer to step-by-step instructions provided by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for assistance with the registration process. Once certified as a qualified business, the business must submit an annual report and apply for recertification every three years.