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Division of Taxation

Homeowners

Filing deadline: January 31, 2023.

You are eligible if you met these requirements:

  • You were a New Jersey resident; and
  • You owned and occupied a home in New Jersey that was your principal residence (main home) on October 1, 2019; and
  • 2019 property taxes were paid on that home; and
  • Your 2019 New Jersey gross income was $250,000 or less

We send notifications that include the property ID and PIN when we begin accepting applications for the filing year. Most notices are sent by mail, but some are sent by email depending on the preference indicated when filing the prior year's application.

Allow two weeks from the date on the mailing schedule to receive the notification by mail or email.

Retrieve your ID and PIN Online

If you filed a 2018 Homestead Benefit last year for the same property you owned and occupied on October 1, 2019, access the online ID and PIN application to get your ID and PIN.

I cannot retrieve my ID and PIN online and it’s more than two weeks from the mailing schedule

You may contact the ANCHOR Hotline at 1-888-238-1233 or visit a Regional Information Center for help.

If these circumstances exist, you may not claim an ANCHOR benefit for 2019:

  • Your principal residence was completely exempt from paying property taxes (such as certain totally and permanently disabled war veterans).
  • You made P.I.L.O.T. (Payments-in-Lieu-of-Tax) payments to your municipality. These payments are not considered property taxes for purposes of the ANCHOR Benefit.

You are not eligible for a benefit for a vacation home, a "second home," or a property you owned and rented to someone else. If you owned more than one property in New Jersey, only file the application for the property that was your main home on October 1, 2019.

If you were a resident shareholder of a cooperative housing complex or you owned a condominium and you paid property taxes on the unit, you are considered a homeowner for purposes of applying for the ANCHOR benefit. You are not considered to be living in a multiple-unit property. Answer no to the multi-unit question when filing.

If you were a resident of a continuing care retirement community and your continuing care contract required you to pay the proportionate share of property taxes attributable to the unit, you are considered a homeowner for purposes of applying for the ANCHOR benefit. You are not considered to be living in a multiple-unit property. Answer no to the multi-unit question when filing.

What You Need to File

You will need the assigned Identification Number and PIN of your principal residence (main home) you owned and occupied on October 1, 2019, to file by phone or online. Also, be prepared to provide your:

  • Valid taxpayer identification number and, if applicable, the taxpayer identification number of your spouse or civil union partner;
  • New Jersey gross income from Line 29 of your 2019 NJ-1040. (If you are not required to file an NJ-1040, report "0.");
  • 2019 filing status;
  • Date of birth and, if applicable, your spouse's/CU partner's date of birth.

You will also be asked if:

  • You owned the property with someone who is not your spouse/CU partner. If yes, what percentage did you own?
  • The property had more than one unit. If yes, what percentage of the property did you use as your main home?

Last Updated: Friday, 11/18/22