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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Mayor Michael Venezia is urging residents to apply for the NJ Division of Taxation’s ANCHOR – Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters – property tax relief program. 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.
“We urge all of our residents who qualify to immediately apply for the ANCHOR program. This larger investment in tax relief will help put more money into the pockets of the people and families of Bloomfield,” said Mayor Venezia.
The NJ Department of Taxation 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 will receive an "ANCHOR Benefit Confirmation Letter" in August of 2023, 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.
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.
To apply or make changes to your application, please visit: https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/anchor/. If residents need help filling out their application or have any other questions, they may contact the Bloomfield Department of Human Services at (973) 680-4017.