THE 2023 FINAL/2024 PRELIMINARY TAX BILLS WERE MAILED AUGUST 21, 2023. THE AMOUNTS ARE LISTED ON THE ABOVE CHART. IF A PROPERTY IS NOT LISTED, IT MEANS IT IS PAID IN FULL THROUGH THE 2023 4TH QUARTER. THE 2023 TAX RATE IS 2.459 PER HUNDRED. PAYMENTS ARE NEXT DUE NOVEMBER 1, 2023, AND MUST BE RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE BY NOVEMBER 13, 2023 TO AVOID INTEREST SINCE THE TENTH FALLS ON A RECOGNIZED HOLIDAY.
2023 third quarter estimated tax bills were mailed on June 13, 2023.
*Please note that our office does not send out statements of taxes paid for the prior year. You must use your receipts, cancelled checks or mortgage statement along with your tax bill for income tax purposes. If you purchased or sold your property during the year, you would also have to utilize your closing papers for any pro-rated amounts.*
ONLINE INFORMATION nj.gov.taxation
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2018 Homestead Benefit payments were paid to eligible taxpayers on the 2022 2nd quarter taxes due May 1, 2022.
2017 Homestead Benefit payments were paid to eligible taxpayers on the 2021 2nd quarter taxes due May 1, 2021.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2023 - LABOR DAY
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2023 - COLUMBUS DAY
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2023 – ELECTION DAY
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2023 – VETERANS DAY (OBSERVED)
THURSDAY & FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 & 24, 2023 - THANKSGIVING DAY
MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2023 – CHRISTMAS DAY
MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2023 – NEW YEAR’S DAY
Payments can be accepted in person or by mail only at this time. Checks should be made payable to Township of Stafford-Taxes. If you are paying through your bank online, include your Block/Lot/Qual number as your account number and allow enough time for your bank to send the check to our office.
To avoid interest, payments must be received in our office by the 10th of the month due. If the 10th falls on a weekend or holiday, the next business day is the end of the grace period.
Interest is calculated at 8% per annum on the first $1,500.00 of delinquency and 18% per annum for any delinquency over $1,500.00. Any delinquency in excess of $10,000.00 as of December 31st each year is subject to a 6% year end penalty.
There are also drop boxes located near the parking lot in the back of the building and inside the lobby. Payments deposited in the boxes by 3:00 p.m. are receipted on that day. Payments deposited after 3:00 p.m. are receipted on the next business day.
TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS
TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE STAFF
Margaret B. Favorito, CTC - Tax Collector
Nichole M. Erdin, CTC - Deputy Tax Collector
Kim Teschlog - Principal Tax Clerk
Sue Philhower, CTC - Tax Specialist
Gina M. Schreier, CTC - Clerk/Bookkeeper
Samantha Christensen, CTC - Clerk/Bookkeeper
Stafford Township is a calendar year municipality. The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing, collection, reporting and enforcement of taxes. Tax bills are normally mailed in June or July each year. They have the third and fourth quarters of the current year and the first and second quarters of the next year. The tax bill contains the portion of taxes that we collect for the schools and county as well as the municipal taxes.
Property taxes are due on February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from paying taxes or the interest due on delinquent taxes. The governing body has granted a 10 day grace period on each quarter. Therefore, payments must be received in our office on or before the 10th. When the 10th falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the grace period is extended to the next business day.
The Tax Collector is a statutory officer of the State of New Jersey and is obligated to comply with all State Statutes regarding property tax collection including billing, due dates, interest on delinquent tax payments and tax sale procedures.
The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of taxes. The Tax Assessor is responsible for establishing the taxable value of your property. If you have any questions regarding the assessed value of your property please contact the Tax Assessor’s Office, 609-597-1000 ext. 8546 or by email.
Property owners may file an appeal if they want to dispute the assessed value of their property. Appeals must be filed by April 1st of the current year with the County Board of Taxation. Appeals for added or omitted assessments must be filed by December 1st of the current year. Appeal forms and information is available from The Ocean County Board of Taxation, Ocean County Courthouse, located at the corner of Washington Street and Hooper Avenue in Toms River. You may call the office of the Board of Taxation at 732-929-2008.
Interest Charged on Unpaid Taxes
Any taxes remaining unpaid after the 10th of February, May, August and November are subject to interest at the rate of 8% per year for delinquencies up to $1,500 and 18% per year for delinquencies over $1,500. Please note that once a delinquency reaches the 18% threshold the account must be paid up to date before interest reverts back to 8%. Any account with a current year delinquency together with accrued interest totaling $10,000 or more on December 31st is subject to an additional 6% year end penalty. Call the Tax Collector at 609-597-1000 ext. 8551 to determine the correct amount of interest to submit with any delinquent tax payment prior to sending the payment.
Please note: Change of address must be in writing signed by the property owner. Changing your mailing address for taxes will also change your mailing address for water and sewer bills.
Mail the change of address form (PDF) to 260 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 or fax to us at 609-242-8221.
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