Tax Collection Department
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TAX COLLECTION OFFICE FUNCTION
The Tax Collector is responsible for the collection of real estate taxes, collection of assessment for local improvements, official searches for municipal liens, and collection of other municipal charges. The office is also responsible for the collection of payment for municipal utilities charges (water and/or sewer fees). For questions regarding municipal utilities, please contact the Utility Department at 973-208-6144.
The first half taxes of any year are based on the half of the prior year taxes. This amount will be credited once the final tax amount for the year has been determined. The balance of the taxes will be equally divided between the 3rd and 4th quarter taxes. If we were informed that your mortgage company will be paying your taxes, you will receive an ADVICE COPY of your tax bill.
Added Assessment tax bills are for new construction or improvement (additions, garage, shed, inground pool, air-conditioning, deck, patio, woodstove/fireplace, etc.) to an existing structure that are sent out once a year in October and are to be paid in addition to your regular November, February and May tax bill.
Taxes are payable to the TOWNSHIP OF JEFFERSON on the first day of FEBRUARY, MAY, AUGUST, and NOVEMBER. There is a 10-day grace period where the payment must be received in the office by the end of the office hours on the last day of the grace period (post marks are not acceptable). After the grace period, taxes are delinquent and subject to interest back to the first day of that quarter. Payments received after business hours are posted on the next business day. By paying your tax obligation in a timely manner helps saves the Township money.
Taxes and/or utility charges can be paid in person, by mail or via the township website (home page ? click ON-LINE SERVICES ? then follow the appropriate prompt/instruction). Cash is acceptable in person only. Checks for taxes should be made payable to the TOWNSHIP OF JEFFERSON and should include your block and lot number(s). Checks for utility should be made payable to JTMU and should include your account number. If a receipt is needed, please bring your bill with you when coming into the office, or mail it along with a self addressed STAMPED envelope. If no receipt is required, send the appropriate stub and check to the address above ? the cancelled check will be your receipt. Due to state statutes, post dated checks are not to be accepted and will be returned to you.
For those making payments online through their banks, please allow 7-10 days for this process so that we receive the payments before the grace period ends. Please remember to use your block/lot or utility number as our account number.
Visa and Mastercard credit cards are acceptable for payment of tax/utility charges via the township website (home page ? click ON-LINE SERVICES ? then follow the appropriate prompt/instruction). There is a 2.5% fee imposed by the bank for the usage of credit cards.
Any taxes remaining unpaid after the grace period are subject to interest from the first of each quarter date. Interest rate charged is 8% on the first $1,500 of delinquent tax. Rate of 18% remains on the balance until the account is brought current, even if the balance falls below $1,500. If taxes are delinquent, please call the tax collection office at the number above for interest amount.
IF YOU SELL YOUR PROPERTY
As stated on the tax bill, when there is a change of ownership, the tax bill is to be forwarded to the new owner(s) or their paying agent. If you sell your property, please give your bill to your attorney or bring the bill to the closing. If you were eligible for a Homestead Benefit Credit, be sure to inform your lawyer, if you answered ?YES? to question #9 on the application. Your lawyer needs to take the amount of the benefit into consideration at the closing as the benefit stays with the property not with the owner. All questions pertaining to the calculations of this credit shall be directed to the NJ Division of Taxation @ 1-888-238-1233.
PLEASE NOTIFY THE TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE IF
· You change your mailing address. Please send a letter listing the block/lot number(s) indicating the new address. Please include a phone number in case there is a question.
(see RESIDENTS on homepage -> FORM CENTER for form)
· Your bank or mortgage company changes. Please contact your mortgage company to ensure that they send us a Tax Authorization Notice (see RESIDENTS on homepage -> FORM CENTER for ME-1 form)
· You pay off your mortgage and will now be paying your own taxes. Please contact your mortgage company to ensure that they send us a Tax Authorization Notice (see RESIDENTS on homepage -> FORM CENTER for ME-2 form) . You can use the stubs on the ADVICE COPY of the tax bill to pay your taxes.
PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTIONS
Veterans and their surviving spouse/civil union partner, may be eligible for a $250.00 Veteran deduction. Senior citizens age 65 or older, their surviving spouse/surviving civil union partner (if qualified) and 100% disabled persons, their surviving spouse/surviving civil union partner (if qualified), may be eligible for a $250.00 deduction if their gross income is under $10,000 EXCLUDING Social Security. Please contact the tax office for additional information.
(see RESIDENTS on homepage -> FORM CENTER for applicable application form)
Attention qualified Senior Citizens, Disabled persons, or Surviving Spouse. The Annual Post-Tax Year Income Statement (form PD5) must be completed each year and returned to the tax office by March 1st. The PD5 forms are sent no later than February 1st by the tax office.
(see RESIDENTS on homepage -> FORM CENTER for PD5 form)
STATE OF NJ PROPERTY TAX RELIEF
**(NOTE: These are two different programs and must be completed annually)**
PLEASE NOTE THE EXTENSION DEADLINES for the 2011 NEW JERSEY PROPERTY TAX REIMBURSEMENT (PTR) PROGRAM a/k/a the ?SENIOR &/or DISABLED PERSON FREEZE PROGRAM? and the HOMESTEAD BENEFIT PROGRAMS FILING DEADLINES HAVE BOTH BEEN EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 19, 2012. PTR program first-time filers if eligible; you may pick up the application booklets in the Tax Collector?s office.
Homestead Benefit Program
Filing deadline extended to October 19, 2012 - APPLICATION MUST BE COMPLETED EACH YEAR
- To file applications by phone: 1-877-658-2972 ? be sure to get a confirmation number
- To file applications online: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation
- To ask questions: 1-888-238-1233 (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays)
- Online information: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/homestead/geninf.shtml
- E-mail address for homestead benefit questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A check will NOT be issued, however, the benefit amount will be deducted as a credit from a quarter?s tax amount. A revised tax bill will be sent to those eligible to receive this credit (tax quarter to be determined by the State).
- PLEASE PAY EXTRA ATTENTION TO QUESTION #9 - Do you still own the property listed in this package? If you sell your home after filing, be sure to take the amount of the benefit into consideration at the closing, as the benefit stays with the property not the owner. All questions pertaining to the calculations of this credit shall be directed to the NJ Division of Taxation @ 1-888-238-1233.
Property Tax Reimbursement Program
Filing deadline extended to September 16, 2013 - APPLICATION MUST BE COMPLETED EACH YEAR
To ask questions: 1-800-882-6597 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays)