The Tax Collector is responsible to collect all property taxes. Upon receipt of the Borough’s tax assessments and certified tax rate, tax bills are calculated and mailed to property owners, authorized banks and mortgage companies. When property taxes are not paid on a timely basis, the Tax Collector is responsible for delinquent billing and schedules an annual Tax Sale to collect delinquent taxes. The Tax Collector strives to obtain a high collection rate to minimize a negative budgetary impact on the Borough’s financial expenses. The Tax Collector provides written reports to both the governing body and the State of New Jersey.
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STATE ADMINISTERED PROGRAMS
PROPERTY TAX REIMBURSEMENT/“SENIOR FREEZE”/ “BLUE BOOK”
(DUE BY: November 1, 2021)
This program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled persons for property tax increases. A base year is established, and future increases are reimbursed as long as eligibility requirements are met.
2020 Eligibility Requirements:
- You were age 65 or older on December 31, 2019 or you were receiving Social Security disability payments on December 31, 2019, and also on December 31, 2020; and
- You lived in New Jersey continuously since December 31, 2009, or earlier as either a homeowner or a renter; and
- You owned and lived in your home or leased a site in a mobile home park for a manufactured or mobile home that you owned since December 31, 2016, or earlier; and
- You paid all 2019 property taxes by June 1, 2020 and all 2020 property taxes by June 1, 2021; and
- Your annual income was less than $91,505* in 2019 and less than $92,969* in 2020. With some exceptions, all income must be taken into account, including Social Security, pension, etc.
* Eligibility rules, income limits, and benefits may be changed by the State Budget that will take effect on July 1, 2021.
- To ask questions or to order an application: 1-800-882-6597
- To check the status of a filed application: 1-800-882-6597
- To listen to information: 1-800-323-4400
- In-person assistance at Taxation Regional Information Centers: nj.gov/treasury/taxation/contact.shtml
- Online information: nj.gov/treasury/taxation/ptr/index.shtml
Text Telephone Service (TTY/TDD) for Hearing Impaired Users: 1-800-286-6613 or 609-984-7300. Taxation email address for Homestead Benefit, Senior Freeze and general tax questions: email@example.com
2021 Senior Freeze – To be paid in 2021
The Division of Taxation has begun mailing 2020 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) checks to applicants who filed before May 1, 2021. The deadline for 2020 applications is November 1, 2021.
The Division of Taxation will mail checks to qualified applicants as follows:
Application filed before May 1, 2021
Checks will be issued on or before July 15, 2021
Application filed from May 1 – June 1, 2021
Checks will be issued on or before September 1, 2021
Application filed from June 2 – September 1, 2021
Checks will be issued on or before November 1, 2021
Application filed from September 2 – November 1, 2021
Checks will be issued on or before December 1, 2021
Only applicants whose 2020 income did not exceed $92,969 are eligible to receive a reimbursement payment, provided they met all the other requirements.
HOMESTEAD BENEFIT NEWS
The Division of Taxation will be mailing 2018 Homestead Benefit application packets according to the schedule below. The deadline for filing is TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2021.
County Delivery Expected to Begin
Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, Sussex Sept. 24
Camden, Hudson, Morris Sept. 13
Burlington, Essex, Gloucester, Salem Sept. 15
Atlantic, Bergen, Cumberland, Warren Sept. 17
Cape May, Mercer, Ocean Sept. 20
Monmouth, Somerset, Union Sept. 22
Please do not call about a missing mailer until at least two weeks following the expected delivery date for a particular county.
Using the same delivery schedule as for the printed applications, the Division will send emails to homeowners who requested electronic applications.
With few exceptions, homeowners must file applications online or by phone. Homeowners who have already sold the home that was their principal residence on Oct. 1, 2018, or who plan to sell should visit the website nj.gov/taxation and select Property Tax Relief Programs for additional guidance.
The online application nj.gov/taxation and the automated telephone filing system (1-877-658-2972) will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the filing period.
Homeowners may be eligible for the 2018 Homestead Benefit if they met the following conditions:
- Owned and occupied a home in New Jersey that was their principal residence on Oct. 1, 2018.
- Had New Jersey gross income for 2018 that was not more than $150,000 for homeowners who were 65 or older or disabled, and not more than $75,000 for homeowners who were under age 65 and not disabled. The income limits apply to a single individual, a married/civil union couple living in the same residence, and a married/civil union partner maintaining a residence separate from their spouse/civil union partner.
- The home was subject to local property taxes, and the 2018 property taxes were paid.
- Recipient’s permanent legal residence was in New Jersey.
The benefit amount will be calculated based on 2017 property taxes for each home. Most homeowners will receive their benefits as credits on their property tax bills. They can expect to receive a property tax bill or other notice (advice copy) from their tax collectors reflecting the amount of the benefit.
Homeowners who indicated when filing that they no longer own the property, or those whose principal residence was a unit in a co-op or continuing care retirement community, will receive their benefit by check or direct deposit.
Residents should not confuse the Homestead Benefit Program with the Senior Freeze. They are separate programs with different eligibility requirements, different applications, and different filing schedules. Applicants can receive benefits under both programs if they qualify. The total amount of property tax relief benefits a homeowner receives, however, cannot exceed the amount of property taxes paid on their principal residence for the same year.
Homestead Benefit (for homeowners):
- To file applications online: nj.gov/taxation
- To file applications by phone: 1-877-658-2972
- To ask questions: 1-888-238-1233 (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays)
- In-person assistance at Taxation Regional Information Centers:
- Online information: nj.gov/treasury/taxation/homestead/geninf.shtml
Additional NJ Program Information
For other programs that may offer you some financial help or other aid, look at the website: NJHelps.org
MUNICIPALLY ADMINISTERED PROGRAMS
(See Tax Collector or Tax Assessor for Application)
VETERANS’S DEDUCTION – $250 TAX CREDIT EACH YEAR
For Veterans and Unmarried Surviving Spouses.
SENIOR CITIZEN’S DEDUCTION – $250 TAX CREDIT EACH YEAR
To qualify, you must have been 65 or older or disabled at the end of the prior year, and meet certain income requirements (Income other than Social Security and other Federal programs must not exceed $10,000.)