Information for Taxpayers
ASSESSMENTS: Any questions concerning your assessment should be directed to the Tax Assessor (609) 989-3083. The Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of taxes only.
APPEALS: Appeals for regular tax assessments must be filed by April 1 of each year. Appeals for added and omitted assessments must be filed by December 1 of each year. Forms for appeals can be obtained from the Tax Assessor, or the County Tax Administrator.
WHEN TAX BILLS ARE MAILED: Tax bills are mailed two times a year, in late June or early July for the August and November quarters, and in late December or early January for the February and May quarters.
PAYMENTS: Taxes are payable quarterly and due on the first of February, May, August and November. There is a 10 day grace period after which taxes are delinquent and subject to interest, N.J.S.A. 54:4-66. Partial payments are accepted subject to the following interest conditions.
INTEREST: Any taxes unpaid by the 1st day of February, May, August or November are subject to interest at the rate of 8% per annum up to $1,500.00 and 18% over $1,500.00. Once taxes become delinquent and the $1,500.00 break at 8% is used all subsequent delinquencies are taxed at 18% per annum until the account balance is brought to zero. Municipalities may provide for a grace period not exceeding 10 days. After the 10 day grace period interest will be calculated from the 1st day of the month for the quarter due. A 6% penalty may be charged on any delinquency in excess of $10,000.00 if not paid by the end of the fiscal year. N.J.S.A. 54:4-67.
PRELIMINARY AND FINAL TAX BILLS: The first half taxes (Preliminary) of each year are based on approximately ½ of the previous years taxes. When the bill for the second half taxes (Final) is sent it is based on the tax rate for the year and the estimated (Preliminary) amount is subtracted from the total for the year and the difference becomes the second half taxes. N.J.S.A. 54:4-64.
FLOOD INSURANCE: If your municipality is eligible for flood insurance, you may purchase Federal Flood Insurance. Failure to purchase such insurance by a property owner will result in the denial of Federal Disaster Assistance to any such owner in an amount equivalent to that which could have been covered by Federal Flood Insurance. N.J.S.A. 54:4-64.1. Information on whether your property is in a flood zone can be obtained from the Municipal Clerk.
RECEIPTS: If you require a receipt when paying your tax bill you must sent a self-addressed stamped envelope. Otherwise, detach the appropriate stub and mail it with your check. The cancelled check will be your receipt.
OWNERSHIP CHANGE: If the property is sold this bill should be given to the new owner. A charge may be imposed for a duplicate bill.
TAX SALE: Any municipal tax bill or charge that remains unpaid on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the current fiscal year (May 11th) is subject to tax sale, provided that the tax sale takes place prior to the end of the last day and month of the fiscal year, (June 30th). N.J.S.A. 54:5-19. From May 11th through the date of the tax sale all payments must be by certified check, cash or money order.
TAX DEDUCTIONS: Applications and requirements for various tax deductions, including those for Senior Citizens, Veterans and the surviving spouse of each may be obtained from the offices of the Tax Assessor or Tax Collector. Forms can also be downloaded from this website under the Property Tax Forms section.
TAX EXEMPTIONS/ABATEMENTS: Applications and requirements for abatements and exemptions are available in the Tax Assessor’s Office. Forms can also be downloaded from this website under the Property Tax Forms section.