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Raritan Township, New Jersey
Official Website of Raritan Township, Hunterdon County, NJ

Welcome to FAQs for your taxes. If you don't find your question answered below please visit the tax collector's page,  or contact our tax collector, Sharon Brown at

908-806-8261

Brownsrt@Comcast.net

 

 


1) How is the amount of my property tax determined?

In order for the amount of your tax to be determined, the Office of the Assessor must first assess the value of your property. After the Office of the Assessor has determined the property value, the Office of the Collector applies the appropriate tax rate which includes the following:

            County Rate

            County Library Rate

            County Open Space Rate

            Municipal Rate

            Municipal Open Space Rate

            Local & District Schools Rate

 

The Office of the Collector prepares the tax bills based on the calculations, distributes the bills, and then collects the taxes.

 

For more information on how the assessed value is determined, contact the Office of the Assessor at (908) 806-6933

2) Do I have recourse if I disagree with the assessor

Yes, if you disagree with the assessed value of your property you may contact the Office of the Assessor at (908) 806-6933. They can provide you with information on how the value was established.

 

If you choose to appeal your assessment, you must still pay your property tax in full by the appropriate deadlines, otherwise you will incur penalties while the case is on appeal. If your appeal is granted, an adjustment / credit will be given based on the new assessed value.

3) I have recently purchased property. What are my responsibilities as far as taxes are concerned?

You are responsible for any taxes which were not paid as the time of closing. Even though taxes are prorated between the buyer and seller and proper credit is given to each, the actual taxes may not have been paid to the Office of the Collector. You should read your escrow papers and/or title report to determine if any portion of the annual taxes were paid by the previous owner.

 

The property tax bill is an annual bill and is mailed once a year in mid-summer. The property tax bill contains 4 payment subs for 4 installments, the 3rd and 4th Qtrs of one year and the 1st and 2nd Qtrs of the next year. Depending on when the ownership change is place on the tax roll, the annual tax bill is sent either to the previous owner or directly to you. If you have not been given the bill, contact the Office of the Collector to obtain a bill for any remaining quarters.

 

Installments are due on the following dates with a 10 day grace period.

 

                      February 1, May 1, August 1 & November 1

 

It is your responsibility to obtain your annual tax bill. Failure to receive a bill does not provide a basis for excusing penalties for late payment.

4) What does my annual property tax bill tell me?

The annual property tax bill identifies the following:

  1. The property location and description

  2. The assessed value of the property

  3. The amount and type of any exemption, if applicable

  4. The amount of taxes due on each installment

  5. A breakdown of the types of taxes being collected.

  6. The grace period

  7. The interest rate for any delinquency

  8. State Aid used to offset local property taxes

5) How can I pay my bill?

Payments for tax bills can be paid by the following options.

    1. By sending a check or money order payable to: Raritan Twp Tax Collector, 1 Municipal Drive, Flemington, NJ 08822

      1. Please include the remittance / stub portion of your bill

      2. To receive a receipt, please include both portions of your bill along with a self-addressed stamped envelope

    2. In person, with cash, check or money order, at our office located at 1 Municipal Drive, Room 168, Flemington, NJ

      1. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday

      2. Additional 1 Saturday during the tax quarter from 9:00am to noon. Please see tax bill for the specific Saturdays.

      3. Please bring all portions of your bill to obtain a receipt

 

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6) When are my annual taxes due?

You may pay your annual bill in 4 installments. Bills will be sent out in mid-summer and are due on the following dates:

                        August 1, November 1, February 1 & May 1

There is a 10 day grace period for each installment. If the 10th falls on a weekend or holiday, the grace period is extended to the next business day.

You may elect to pay 1 or more installments at any time.

7) What if I did not receive my tax bill and don’t know the amount or when they are due?

According to the NJ State Statute 54:4-64,  non-receipt of a tax bill does not release you from payment. If you do not receive a bill please call 908-806-8261 and you will be provided with the amount or a duplicate tax bill.

8) What do I do if my payment is late?

All amounts owed are due and payable without penalty by the date stated on the bill. Raritan Township Council has opted to add a 10 day grace period.

If the 10th should fall on a weekend or holiday the grace period is extended to the next business day.

Interest will be charged on all late payments at the rate of

8% on the first $1,500

18% on everything over $1,500

 

Please note that not receiving a bill does not negate your liability for the tax and any accrued interest and penalties as defined under New Jersey Law.

 

Delinquent notices are sent each quarter after the 10 day grace period. You can either pay the amount that is calculated on the delinquent notice or call the Office of the Collector to get an amount to the date of actual payment.

9) Are exemptions and assistance programs available to property owners that help defray the amount of taxes due?

Yes, through the Office of the Assessor you can apply for senior citizens, disabled and veteran exemptions. These programs allow for exemptions which result in tax savings.

 

In addition the State of New Jersey also has a program called the Property Tax Reimbursement or “Senior Freeze” program.

You can call the state on 1-800-323-4400 to obtain an application if you meet all the eligibility requirement or 1-800-882-6597 to ask any questions you may have.

10) Do you accept a postmark as proof of payment?

No, we do not. All payments are posted on the same date they are received in the Tax Collector’s office.

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11) Can I postdate my check?

No. we do not accept postdated checks. All payments are posted on the date they are received.

12) Can the interest be waived?

No. New Jersey statutes do not permit the waiver or cancellation on any interest charges.

13) I am selling my property, what portion of the taxes am I responsible
Your closing attorney is responsible for appropriating the proper payments of your tax bill. The current tax bill should be given to the new owner or his paying agent upon sale of the property.

14) I have paid off my mortgage and I am now responsible to pay my tax bill. What should I do?

Please notify the Tax Collector’s office in writing to ensure that future tax bills are sent directly to you. You can either use your advice copy tax bill to make payments until new bills are issued or you can request a duplicate bill be sent to you.

15) Can I have my tax bills mailed to a different address?

Yes. Please notify the Tax Collector’s office in writing identifying the specific Block(s) and Lot(s).

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16) What is a Tax Sale?

A Tax Sale is held once a year for any properties that are delinquent for the prior year.

 

Lien holders will bid on the property for the amount of interest they will charge and a lien is placed on the property. A homeowner will not be able to sell their home until the lien is paid off.

 

Interest can be as high as 18% and the lien holder has the option to pay any subsequent taxes or charges that become delinquent which will add to the lien amount.

 

The lien holder also has the option to start foreclosure proceedings 2 years from the date of the tax sale.

17) Is Tax Sale only for delinquent property taxes?

No. A property can be put up at Tax Sale for not only prior year delinquent property taxes but for any prior year delinquent water or sewer charges.

18) When and where is the Tax Sale held?

A Tax Sale can be held any time throughout the year. Historically for Raritan Township it is held mid to late September in the Municipal Building at 1 Municipal Drive in Flemington.

19) How will I know if my property will be in the Tax Sale?

By law the Tax Collector must send a notice of Tax Sale at least 50 days prior to the date of the Tax Sale and also must post in 5 public places and 4 ads in the local newspaper a listing of all the properties that will be in the Tax Sale.

20) How can I avoid my property from going to Tax Sale?

Prior year’s principle plus any interest for the prior year and the current year, along with any other penalties must be paid prior to the Tax Sale date.

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21) Once a lien is put on the property by the lien holder how do I find out how much it will cost to redeem the lien?

You will need to work with the Tax Collector, who will calculate the redemption amount and will work with the lien holder to verify the calculations.

 

Once a lien is paid off it is the responsibility of the homeowner to remove the lien from the county records.




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