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Division of Taxation


Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible for an ANCHOR benefit based on 2020 residency, income, and age, if you met these requirements:

  • You were a New Jersey resident; and
  • Your 2020 New Jersey gross income was not more than $150,000; and
  • Your name was on the lease or rental agreement; and
  • You paid rent; and
  • You rented and occupied a residence in New Jersey that was your principal residence (main home) on October 1, 2020; and
  • The rental property was subject to local property taxes, (see Qualified and Non-Qualified Rental Properties).

Filing Deadline

There is still plenty of time to file. You have until Friday, December 29, 2023, to file an application.

All property tax relief program information provided here is based on current law and is subject to change.

  • Social Security number (SSN) / Individual Taxpayer Identification number (ITIN) and, if applicable, the SSN/ ITIN of your spouse or civil union partner;

    • New Jersey gross income from Line 29 of your 2020 or 2022 New Jersey Income Tax return (NJ 1040). If you are not required to file an NJ-1040, report"0.";
    • 2020 filing status;
    • Date of birth and, if applicable, your spouse's/CU partner's date of birth.

    You will also be asked:

    • If you/spouse/CU partner were blind/disabled as of December 31, 2020;
    • If you shared rent with anyone other than your spouse/CU partner on October 1, 2020;
    • For the names of all other renters, if any, sharing the rent on that property;
    • For your routing and account number from your bank, if requesting a direct deposit of your benefit.

    Confirmation Number

    If you received an "ANCHOR Benefit Confirmation Letter," the letter is your confirmation of filing. Keep the letter for your records. If you file online, you must choose CONFIRM at the end to receive your confirmation number. Keep this number for your records as proof that you filed an ANCHOR application.

You will be asked to enter the amount of your gross income   from line 29 of your 2020 New Jersey Income Tax return (NJ-1040). If you do not have your 2020 NJ-1040 you may enter the gross income amount from your 2022 NJ-1040. If you were not required to file a New Jersey Income Tax return, report zero as your gross income.

If an eligible renter died before filing an application, either the surviving spouse/civil union partner or a personal representative should file the application.

Surviving Spouse/Civil Union Partner. Enter only your name on the application, even if your spouse/CU partner died during 2020 and your filing status is married/CU couple, filing joint return.

Personal Representative. If you are filing on behalf of an eligible renter who died on or after October 1, 2020, you must:

  • Enter the decedent's last name, first name, and initial, followed by "estate of;" and
  • Enter the mailing address where the check is to be sent (if not choosing direct deposit); and
  • Check the box indicating the renter is deceased. You may be asked for documentation at a later date.

A personal representative filing on behalf of a deceased renter must sign in his or her official capacity. If it is a joint application, the surviving spouse/civil union partner must also sign (if filing by paper).

If there is no personal representative for the deceased renter, the spouse/CU partner signs the application and writes "Filing as Surviving Spouse" or "Filing as surviving Civil Union Partner" in the signature section (if filing by paper).


If you file on behalf of an estate, we will issue the approved benefit in the name of the estate. You should speak to your bank and/or seek guidance from your attorney prior to closing the estate bank account.

The address you use to claim the ANCHOR benefit must have been your main home on October 1, 2020. In general, your residence must have been subject to property tax.

Qualified Rental Properties

P.I.L.O.T (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes). There is one type of property that is exempt from the property tax requirement. Renters who lived in rental units that operate under a P.I.L.O.T agreement with their municipality are eligible to apply for the ANCHOR benefit.

Mobile Homes. If you owned or rented a mobile home that was located in a mobile home park, you are considered a renter for purposes of applying for the ANCHOR benefit.

Condominiums and Co-ops. If you rented a condominium unit or a unit in a cooperative housing complex, you are considered a renter for purposes of applying for the ANCHOR benefit.

Non-Qualified Rental Properties

Renters who lived in the following types of residences do not qualify to apply for the ANCHOR benefit:

  • Tax-exempt housing or other residences owned by New Jersey, county, municipal, or federal government;
  • On-campus apartments at New Jersey colleges and universities;
  • Residences owned by religious, charitable, or other non-profit organizations (including on-campus apartments at private nonprofit colleges and universities); and
  • All other properties exempt from local property taxes.

If you are not sure whether the residence you rented was subject to local property taxes, contact your building manager or the municipal tax assessor for information.

Last Updated: Monday, 10/23/23