Tax Collection Office
2014 TAX RATE IS 4.564%
2014 S.I.D RATE IS 0.145%
TAX BILLS WERE MAILED TO HOMEOWNERS AND
MORTGAGE COMPANIES ON JULY 21, 2014. THIS BILL INCLUDES THE 3RD AND 4TH QUARTERS OF 2014, AND THE 1ST AND 2ND QUARTERS OF 2015. THE GRACE PERIOD FOR 3RD QTR 2014 TAXES WAS EXTENDED TO AUGUST 15TH.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW "PAY YOUR TAXES ONLINE" IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHECK THE AMOUNT DUE FOR YOUR PROPERTY OR PAY ONLINE.
HOMESTEAD BENEFIT UPDATE*
2012 HOMESTEAD BENEFIT PACKETS WERE MAILED TO QUALIFIED HOMEOWNERS OCTOBER 19, 2013. THE DEADLINE FOR FILING WAS EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31, 2014. THE STATE EXPECTS THESE HOMESTEAD CREDITS TO BE APPLIED TO THE 2ND QTR 2015 TAXES (MAY INSTALLMENT).
(HOMEOWNERS THAT WERE ELIGIBLE FOR THE 2011 NEW JERSEY HOMESTEAD BENEFIT RECEIVED A CREDIT ON THEIR 3RD QTR 2013 TAXES.)
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE HOMESTEAD BENEFIT PLEASE CALL THE STATE OF NJ DIVISION OF TAXATION 888-238-1233 OR CHECK THE STATE WEBSITE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION
2013 NJ PROPERTY TAX REIMBURSEMENT (SENIOR FREEZE)
DEADLINE FOR FILING EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 15, 2014. Packets for first time applicants (PTR-1) are available at the municipal center (Borough Clerk's Office 2nd Floor).
For questions regarding this program please call the State of NJ Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline (1-800-882-6597) or visit http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/
TAX SALE UPDATE
The 2014 Tax Sale (for unpaid 2013 taxes) was held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10 AM.
The 2015 Tax Sale (for unpaid 2014 taxes) is tentatively scheduled for June 10, 2015. Please check back for updates.
Online Payment options are as follows:
1) Checking Account - this is a FEE-FREE option. This safe and secure payment method utilizes the United States banking system’s Automated Clearing House (ACH) technology. You will direct the ACH to electronically transfer your tax payment to our tax collection account. There is no processing fee for this service. (Must be a personal checking account. Savings accounts and corporate checking accounts will not work).
2) Credit Card - Visa, Mastercard, and Discover are accepted for a 3% convenience fee. You will be charged 3% on top of the total tax amount due to cover merchant fees and other associated costs that are charged to the Borough by the credit card companies.
You may also use this system just to look up tax amounts without actually submitting payment. To continue to make your tax payment, simply click the link above and follow the online payment instructions. Please have your block/lot or account number ready with your check book or credit card.
FOR PROPERTY TAX SEARCHERS:
To search tax information for a property, click on the link above for paying online. You must enter the block and lot numbers and the property owner's last name. This will give you the quarterly breakdown, as well as any delinquencies. If a lot or sub lot number is a single digit, it must be entered as two digits. For example, lot 6 must be entered as 06. Please note: You must click the "BEGIN TAX PAYMENT" button even if you only wish to view tax amounts. (This may be confusing since you are not making a payment.)
PROPERTY TAX BILLS - HOW & WHEN TO PAY
Property Tax bills are mailed out ONCE a year, usually in mid-July and cover four quarterly payments. The bill mailed in July includes the 3rd and 4th quarters of the current year and the preliminary 1st and 2nd quarters of the next year. Payments are due quarterly: Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1 and Nov. 1. We offer a 10 day grace period, the maximum allowed by state law. If the 10th falls on a weekend or a Borough holiday, the grace period is extended to the Borough’s next business day.
TAX PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE ONLINE, BY MAIL, OR IN PERSON. YOU MAY ALSO DROP PAYMENT IN THE TAX PAYMENT BOX LOCATED IN THE FRONT ENTRYWAY OF THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING. SEE DETAILED OPTIONS BELOW:
PAY ONLINE USING OUR SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT CENTER.
All tax payments can be mailed with the appropriate stub from the bill to:
BOROUGH OF NEW PROVIDENCE
360 ELKWOOD AVENUE
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ 07974
(As of 8/1/2013 payments should no longer be mailed to Philadelphia, PA)
PERSONAL ONLINE BILL PAY:
If you currently use online bill pay with your personal bank, please reference either your tax account number or your block and lot on the check. The mailing address should be setup as follows:
360 ELKWOOD AVENUE
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ 07974
(Please be aware that when using your personal online bill pay, your bank physically prints and mails a check to the Borough. Do not wait until the end of the grace period to make payment since we may not receive it for several days.)
Regular Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Summer Hours - Monday through Thursday, 8:30am - 4:30pm and Friday 8:30am - 1pm
Bring check and stub to the municipal building and place in the tax drop box located on the ground floor of the municipal building or on the 2nd floor of the municipal building. During municipal center construction the tax drop box will be moved to the new temporary main entrance (located on the ground floor near the Centennial Park entrance).
After normal business hours:
Place check and appropriate stub in the tax payment drop box located on the ground floor of the Municipal Building. If door is locked you may press the bell and tell the police you are dropping off a tax payment. During municipal center construction the tax drop box will be moved to the new temporary main entrance (located on the ground floor near the Centennial Park entrance).
1) Your canceled check should act as your receipt.
2) Pay online through the Borough's website and receipt will be emailed to you.
3) Mail a self addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.
4) In person at the municipal building you can make your own time stamped receipt if you are utilizing the drop box on the 2nd floor. Or if you are paying with cash you can pay at the Administration Office on the 2nd Floor of the municipal building and get a receipt.
We are required by state law to deposit payments within 48 hours. Postdated checks will be returned to your billing address unprocessed.
Payment received after the grace period will be subject to interest charges. The interest is calculated back to the original due date at an annual rate of 8 percent up to $1,500 and 18 percent over $1,500 until the account is brought current. Envelope postmark is not accepted. Delinquent notices are mailed quarterly as soon as possible after the 10 day grace period has ended.
Please keep your tax bill in a safe place for future reference. We DO NOT send year-end payment statements for tax purposes. This information should be obtained from your tax bill or your own personal records.
Because tax bills are not always transferred at closing, we try to mail duplicate bills to new homeowners. However, it is ultimately the homeowner’s responsibility to obtain this information. You may always call us to obtain payment information.
HOMEOWNERS PAYING THROUGH THEIR MORTGAGE
If you have made arrangements for a mortgage company to pay your taxes, they are required to send us a tax authorization notice indicating that they should receive your original tax bill. You will receive an exact duplicate (advice copy) of the tax bill, which will include the payment coupons. Please keep this bill in a safe place. Should you terminate your escrow relationship with your bank, you will use this bill to pay future taxes. We have no way of knowing that an escrow relationship has ended unless we are notified by you or the bank.
ADDED ASSESSMENT BILLS
If improvements are made to your house, it may generate an added assessment bill in October after the regular bill has been mailed. The homeowner will then have two payments due for the 4th quarter of the current year and the 1st & 2nd quarters of the following year. If you have questions as to why this bill was generated, you should contact the Assessor’s Office.
If a mortgage company is paying your taxes AND our records reflect this relationship, they will receive a copy of this additional bill. However, not all mortgage companies will pay the added assessment. It is ultimately the homeowner’s responsibility to find out if their mortgage company will pay or if they must submit payment on their own.
NJ PROPERTY TAX REBATE PROGRAMS
The State of New Jersey has instituted several rebate programs regarding property taxes. To view complete details on the tax rebate programs, click on the following link: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/relief.shtml.
The State also offers a yearly $250 senior citizen deduction, disabled person deduction, and veteran’s deduction. For more information visit the Tax Assessor’s Department page.
Tax Collector: Denise Gelormini
Duplicate Tax Bill $5.00
Account History/Account Statement $0.75 per page