Tax Collector

353 North Avenue
Dunellen, NJ 08812
Ph: 732-968-1226
F: 732-968-3903
Tax Collector: Dawn Hutchison, (by appointment only)
Tax Clerk: Gail Woerner,

Please send all inquiries to:


Homeowners and Renters Can Receive Payments of up to $1,500

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More than three million residents are eligible for up to $1,500 in property tax relief under the ANCHOR program.

To be eligible for this year's benefit, you must have occupied your primary residence on October 1st, 2019. You must also file (or be exempt from) NJ income taxes. Payments will be sent no later than May 2023.

The deadline for filing is December 30th, 2022.


Application Deadline Extended for ANCHOR Property Tax Relief Program

Last week, Governor Phil Murphy announced that the State is extending the application deadline for the new Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR) property tax relief by one month to January 31, 2023. Also, tenants who had previously been ineligible because their units are under PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreements are now eligible to apply for the benefit.
Applicants are encouraged to consult the detailed information posted on the Division of Taxation’s website, including the Frequently Asked Questions. For more information, visit the ANCHOR website or call the ANCHOR hotline at 1-888-238-1233.  

Per recent legislation, residents with sewer arrears as of 3/15/22 are eligible to make payments
towards their delinquency through an installment plan. The installment plan will include 12-monthly
payments at zero interest. In order to maintain the plan, ratepayers must stay current on all municipal
charges. For further information, please click on links below:
~ For ratepayer notice regarding installment plan: Ratepayer notice 
For Local Finance Notice 2022-09 including detailed information on Covid Relief measures: 2022-09
~ For additional info on Covid Relief programs including LIHWAP and LIHEAP: Click Here
*If you are interested in the installment plan option, please contact the Tax Office at 732-968-1226, or
you can email the Collector, Dawn Hutchison at
*The 2018 Homestead Benefit Credits have been applied to the 2nd quarter 2022 taxes for all eligible
recipients. Adjusted 2nd quarter tax bills, reflecting the Homestead Credit, will be mailed by April 1,
2022. If you have any questions regarding the Homestead Benefit, please contact our office.
*The 2nd quarter tax bills are due May 1st with a 10-day grace period. Payments submitted after May
10th, will accrue interest back to the May 1st due date.
***Out-of-office methods of submitting payments are available: ● Mail checks made payable to:
Borough of Dunellen, 353 North Avenue, Dunellen, NJ 08812 ● Drop off payments in our drop-off box
located outside the municipal building ● Submit payments online by visiting the Borough website.

(Payment page will open in a new window)

The Borough of Dunellen is now accepting electronic tax and sewer fee payments online by debit card, credit card and e-check. The Borough of Dunellen has contracted for the service with Link2Gov Corporation. Link2Gov provides electronic payment processing and e-commerce development services for federal, state, and local government agencies throughout the United States. All of the services are in full compliance with state and federal requirements.
Dunellen residents may pay their tax bills using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express cards. Utility payments may only be made using American Express, Discover and MasterCard (Visa credit and debit cards are not accepted for sewer fee utility payments).
User convenience fees are as follows:

  • Electronic check: $1.95 per transaction
  • All debit and credit cards: Approximately 2.95%
  • Credit and Debit Cards are NOT accepted in the office, only online.

Please note that once you reach the payment confirmation page, you will have to click the “Submit Payment” button on the bottom of the page to successfully submit your payment information.

Once your payment information has been received, you will receive a confirmation email as receipt. Funds are typically withdrawn from your bank account after 5 business days. If you believe that you have submitted your payment but have not received a confirmation email, please contact the Tax Collector’s office at 732-968-1226.

Please place payments in drop box outside of the Tax Office.
During these challenging times we strongly recommend NO CASH PAYMENTS for Sewer Utility or Property Taxes.

The following protocol should be followed if a cash payment is necessary:
  * Sewer Utility and Property Taxes may be paid with cash ONLY during business hours, when office is occupied.
  * Additionally, cash payments may ONLY be made after speaking with and making arrangements with Gail Woerner, Tax Clerk.
The Borough of Dunellen is not responsible for any cash placed in drop-box without first notifying the Tax office and receiving verbal permission from the tax clerk. Placing cash in the drop-box without following this protocol is at the Sewer Utility or Tax Payer’s own personal risk.

To calculate the difference between your taxes in 2021 and 2022 please click here.  

Quarterly Due Dates

1st Quarter - February 1

2nd Quarter - May 1

3rd Quarter - August 1

4th Quarter - November 1

Payments can be made in person or mailed to the Tax Collector's Office:
Checks payable to the Borough of Dunellen.
There is a 10 day grace period for payments. ( Example First quarter taxes due date February 1st - residents have until February 10th to pay. )

Any questions regarding the assessment on your property must be directed to the Tax Assessor.


Borough of Dunellen

Tax Deductions and Exemptions

The State of New Jersey administers a program to reimburse senior citizens the change in their property tax.  The Property Tax Reimbursement (PTR) or "Senior Freeze" will refund the difference between the most recent year's amount billed and the  "base year," which is the first year that the applicant applied and qualified.  Once qualified, the state will send new forms out in late February each year, which must be filled in and submitted with a form certified by the Tax Collector.  For information on qualifications or an application, click here.

Senior Citizens/Disabled Persons: Senior Citizens' deductions and deductions for disabled persons are handled by the Tax Collector.  The Tax Assessor handles Veteran’s deductions and exemptions.  To download a brochure for deductions and exemptions, click here:

Property Tax Benefits
Veteran and Surviving Spouse Deductions
There is an annual $250.00 property tax deduction for veterans or their surviving spouses. To qualify, the applicant must be an honorably discharged US Armed Forces war veteran or the unmarried surviving spouse of such a war veteran or the unmarried surviving spouse of a serviceperson who served in time of war and died while on duty. The applicant must be a property owner and a legal resident of New Jersey and, where applicable, prove that the deceased veteran or serviceperson was a legal resident of New Jersey. If the applicant was in active duty for a Peacekeeping Mission, a supplemental Peacekeeping Mission form is required and submitted with the veteran deduction application. Please visit the following link for the application and additional information or for further assistance, contact the Assessor’s office directly.
                                                                                             Claim form V.S.S.
*Please include a contact number on the claim form and also submit a copy of your driver's license.

Senior Citizen, Disabled Person or Surviving Spouse Deductions

There is an annual $250.00 property tax deduction for a qualified Senior Citizen, Disabled Person and Surviving Spouse who meet specific requirements of the deduction. To qualify, you must be age 65 or older, or a permanently and totally disabled individual or the unmarried surviving spouse,age 55 or more, of such person.  The applicant must be a legal resident of New Jersey for one year immediately prior to October 1 of the year before the year for which the deduction is requested. The applicant must also be an owner of and a permanent resident in the dwelling on October 1 of the year before the year for which the deduction is requested.  Income for the applicant may be no more than $10,000 during the year for which the deduction is claimed, excluding with restrictions, monies received from social security, Federal and State pension, disability and retirement programs. Refer to the links for the application and income statement form. If you need additional assistance, please contact the Assessor’s office directly. 
                                                                                                 Claim Form PTD
                                                                                        Income Statement PTDSI
*Please include a contact number on the claim form and also submit a copy of your driver's license.

Effective December 4, 2020, State law (P.L. 2019, c. 413) eliminates the wartime service requirement for the 100% Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption. Veterans must have active duty military service with an honorable discharge. Reservists and National Guard personnel must be called to active duty service to qualify. Active duty for training continues to be ineligible.

If you are an honorably discharged veteran who was 100% permanently and totally disabled during active duty service, you may qualify for an annual property tax exemption on your principal or primary residence (main home).

If you are a surviving spouse or civil union/domestic partner of an honorably discharged veteran who was 100% permanently and totally disabled during active duty service, you also may qualify.

Claim Form

For the Tax Maps for the Borough of Dunellen, showing block and lot of properties, click here.
Please note: the most recent printed version of the Tax Maps was in 2017 and there have been numerous changes since. Please consult the Tax Assessor for complete accuracy regarding specific blocks and lots. 


For a link to the Division of Taxation’s Property Tax Relief Program webpage, click here: