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December 02, 2017

Ocean City named the most tax-friendly place for New Jersey retirees

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The Boardwalk in Ocean City New Jersey.

Searching for a light-taxing retirement destination in the Garden State? Look no further than "America's Greatest Family Resort," one numbers-crunching firm said this week.

SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, tagged Ocean City as New Jersey's most tax-friendly spot for retirees in an annual report.

The resort's local property tax rate of 0.79 percent is the lowest among the top 10 tax-friendly places for retirees listed in the study.

The study analyzed how local taxes in each city impacted a retiree with a $50,000-a-year income. In that scenario, the retiree earned $15,000 from Social Security benefits, $10,000 from a private pension, $15,000 from retirement savings and $10,000 in wages, according to the report.

“I’m extremely proud to see Ocean City recognized in this way,” Mayor Jay Gillian said in a statement. “Our tax burden remains low even as we continue to make major investments in infrastructure improvements to every part of the island. This is a testament to the value of investments in Ocean City property and to the fiscal responsibility of our city team.”

The state's average property taxes – New Jersey homeowners pay around $7,000 a year – are the highest of any other state in the U.S., SmartAsset noted.

But the site did describe New Jersey's income tax system as relatively friendly for retirees, pointing out that retirees with low- to moderately-high earnings can benefit from significant deductions. The state doesn't tax Social Security benefits, either, although retirees living in New Jersey may still have to pay federal taxes on Social Security.

See the site's top 10 list of tax-friendly New Jersey retirement destinations below. The full report can also be found here

1. Ocean City

2. Englewood Cliffs

3. Edgewater

4. Hoboken

5. Manasquan

6. Belmar

7. Florham Park

8. Paramus

9. Margate City

10. Madison