Office of Veteran Affairs

Mission

The Mission of the Borough of Fort Lee’s Office of Veteran Affairs is to advise resident veterans, their families, and dependents of benefits earned through honorable active duty in the U.S Military, and to provide guidance and assistance in searching for appropriate applications for veteran’s needs and benefits.  The Office of Veteran Affairs was established by Mayor Mark J. Sokolich and the town council in June 2020.

Borough special reports for VETERANS

FREE Metered Parking

New Jersey law (N.J.S.A. 39:4-207.10) permits exemption from payment of municipal parking meter fees, for up to 24 hours, for disabled veterans and Purple Heart. Placards are available at any MVC agency or by mail.

NJ PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTION

An annual $250 deduction from property taxes is available for the property of qualified Veteran or Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner of a Veteran. Follow the link for more information on Veteran Property Tax Deductions.

NJ STATE INCOME TAX EXEMPTION

Veterans are eligible for a $6,000 exemption on your Income Tax return if you are a military veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States by the last day of the tax year. Your spouse (or civil union partner) is also eligible for an exemption if he/she is a veteran who was honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances and you are filing a joint return. This exemption is in addition to any other exemptions you are entitled to claim and is available on both the resident and nonresident returns. You cannot claim this exemption for a domestic partner or for your dependents.

Follow this link for the New Jersey State Veteran Income Tax Exemption application. Upon completion please return it with your discharge paper to the address noted on the application. This only has to be completed the first time you claim the exemption. This form does not need to be completed each year.

For more information log onto New Jersey State Office of Taxation - Veterans Division.