Four members of the General Assembly are pushing to make residents more aware of the state’s property tax relief programs.
“It’s no secret that New Jersey has one of the highest property tax rates in the country,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “But what may be a secret to many is that there are a number of tax relief programs that they might be eligible for. This law will ensure that taxpayers are aware of the relief that is available.”
The bill, sponsored by Houghtaling and Assembly members Joann Downey, Raj Mukherji and Jamel Holley, requires the state’s tax bills to include information about the Division of Taxation website, which outlines the state’s various tax relief programs.
New Jersey is among the nation’s highest taxed states.
“These tax relief programs were designed to help put more money in the pockets of the average resident,” Mukherji said. “Seniors, especially, might not be aware that they even exist so we want to ensure that they’re taking advantage of every program available to them to offset the cost of living.”
The measure overwhelmingly passed both chambers last month and was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy last week.
“Through no further cost to the state or local governments, this simple change can help ensure that residents, particularly seniors, are well-informed of the tax relief programs that might go a long way towards offsetting the property tax burden,” Downey said.