|Tax Collector Name:
||Valerie L Bills, CTC/CMFO
||201 E Main St, Manasquan, NJ 08736-3004
||(732) 223-2292 EXT 239
||Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Distribution of Taxes Chart
The tax collector is responsible for the collection of all delinquent, current and future property taxes and conducting tax lien sales. As the Tax Search Officer, the collector is also responsible preparing tax, lien and assessment searches.
Tax bills are mailed out once annually, and contain four (4) payment stubs for the upcoming payments due in August and November of the current year, and February and May of the following year. If your bank or mortgage company has escrowed for your taxes, the original bill will be sent to them and the “advice” copy will be sent to you.
If your mailing address changes, please contact this office in writing to advise us where all correspondence should then be sent.
Tax payments are due on or before February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 of each year. There is a grace period through the 10th. If the 10th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or official holiday, the grace period is extended to the end of the next business day. Postmarks are not accepted. If payment is not received in the office prior to the close of business on the last day of the grace period, interest charges will revert back to the due date.
Interest is at the rate of 8% per annum on the first $1,500.00 and 18% on the amount in excess of $1,500.00.
When making your payments, if you wish to receive a receipt, the tax bill in its entirety must accompany the payment.
If you are mailing in your payment and you wish to receive a receipt, a self addressed stamped envelope should be included with your entire tax bill.
Your receipt will appear on the reverse side of your bill.
Make your check payable to: Borough of Manasquan and mail to the above address.
In the event that your mortgage company or bank is no longer responsible for paying your taxes, please contact this office immediately to update your records.
NJ REBATE PROGRAMS
The State of New Jersey has instituted several rebate programs for taxpayers. A brief description of each program and the current qualifications is listed below.
2012 NEW JERSEY PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PROGRAMS
Senior Citizen’s Annual Property Tax Deduction
Annual deduction of $250.00 from property taxes for homeowners age 65 or older, or disabled, who meet income and residency requirements. You must be age 65 (or disabled) on or before October 1st of the prior year. Property must be your principal residence. Annual income limit of $10,000. Up to $28,392 of income is excludable from Social Security or State/Federal/Military/Railroad pension. Applications are available at the municipal tax office. You must verify your income annually. You must provide a copy of your proof of age. Call us at (732) 223-2292 ext 239 with any questions.
Veteran’s/Widow of Veteran’s Deduction
Annual deduction of $250.00 from property taxes to qualified veterans or surviving spouses. You must have been in the service during active wartime/peacekeeping periods. Applications are available at the municipal tax office. You must provide a copy of your DD-214 (Service record and discharge). Call us at (732) 223-2292 ext 239 with any questions.
Property Tax Reimbursement (Tax Freeze) Program
You must be age 65 or older or disabled as of December 31, 2010. You must have been a resident of New Jersey since at least January 1, 2001. You must have owned and occupied the property as your primary residence since at least January 1, 2008. You must provide a copy of your proof of age. Income limit for 2010 is $80,000, regardless of marital status. Income limit for 2011 is $80,000, regardless of marital status. Your 2010 taxes must be paid in full by June 1, 2011, and your 2011 taxes must be paid by June 1, 2012. Once you are accepted into the program, you must submit the PTR-2 form annually, and then the State of New Jersey mails you a rebate when your taxes increase above your base year. Information is available online at www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/propfrez.shtml. To ask questions call 1-800-882-6597. To check the status of a filed application call 1-800-882-6597. To hear pre-recorded information or to order an application, call 1-800-323-4400.
TTY/TDD Services: 1-800-286-6613 or 1-609-984-7300
Homeowners and certain tenants may be eligible. Property must be your principal residence. 2011 rebates will be applied to taxes due 2/1/2012. To file an application online go to www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/. To file an application by phone call 1-877-658-2972. To ask questions call 1-888-238-1233. To get information online go to
www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/homestead/geninf.shtml. To e-mail the state for Homestead rebate questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TTY/TDD SERVICES: 1-800-286-6613 or 1-609-984-7300
AUTHORIZATION AGREEMENT FOR DIRECT PAYMENTS (ACH) DEBIT
Authorization Agreement for Direct Payments (ACH) Debit - Water/ Sewer
10 WAYS TO MAKE SURE YOUR PAYMENT GETS HERE IN TIME
1. Please use our correct mailing address. Incorrectly addressed mail may be returned to you by the Post Office. We moved to our new building in 2001, and the Post Office boxes were closed in 2003.
The correct address is:
BOROUGH OF MANASQUAN
201 E MAIN ST
MANASQUAN, NJ 08736-3004
2. Please clearly identify on your envelope what department your payment is for. If it’s for a ticket, mark your envelope to the attention of the court, accident reports – that’s police records. Your payment will get there faster.
3. Please include something with your payment to identify what you’re paying. We will return your check if we cannot identify the reason for it. This is especially important when sending an electronic check – make sure you change the descriptions for each payment. Receipt of your payment can be delayed if we have to track down what department is waiting for it.
4. Please mail your payment earlier. Don’t wait until the end of the grace period to send your payment. Tax payments are due on or before the 1st day of each quarter although there is a grace period given through the 10th. This means that your payment must physically be in our possession when we close for business at 4:00 pm on the final day of the grace period. (February 10, May 10, August 10 and November 10.) Postmarks are not acceptable as proof of on time payments. Please allow sufficient time for your payment to be processed by the Post Office. If it needs to be here overnight, send it by overnight mail. Regular mail can take up to seven (7) days to be delivered.
5. Please proofread your check. The bank looks at the line where you write the amount out in longhand, not the numbers in the box. If the two do not match, they, and we, will deduct the difference from your payment, and you may become subject to interest on your unpaid balance.
6. Please write clearly. Bad handwriting causes mistakes.
7. Please do not send post-dated checks. Your check could be lost with no record of it ever having been received.
8. Please write separate checks for each type of payment. Taxes are deposited into a separate account from your water/sewer payments. Building permit fees are separate from COAH fees and developer’s escrow fees. Including multiple types of payments in one check will delay the processing of your payments. You may include any number of items of the same type together, like multiple water/sewer or tax bills, or you may write a separate check for each.
9. Please check your addition. If paying for multiple items in one check, errors in addition can cause a delay in processing.
10. Please inform us immediately if your mailing address changes. If your mail is returned to us by the Post Office you may miss important notices regarding your property. If you own a property but do not live there full-time, please confirm that we are mailing to your permanent address.
We regret that we cannot accept payments by credit card at this time. We are always looking at new ideas to make your payments easier and faster, but we have not yet found a cost-effective method. We can, however, accept checks by phone.
Please remember, if your check never arrives, we will be ready to assist you, but it is not our fault. If you receive a delinquent Notice and you’ve mailed a check already, please check to see if your check was cashed prior to calling us. It’s the first piece of advice that we will give you, anyway. If your check was cashed – we’ll find it. If your check was not cashed – it’s lost in the mail. We deposit all valid checks with 48 hours of receipt. Contact the Post Office where you mailed your payment for further information on what to do if your payment is lost.