Tax Collection

The bills for the August 2016 tax quarter have been mailed. The bill is based on an estimated tax rate and is due August 1st with the grace period ending on August 10th. Once all tax rates are approved by the County, the final bill for 2016 will be mailed for the November 1st tax quarter and will reflect the balance due for the year based on the certified tax rate. Go to www.tomsrivertownship.com\taxcollector and click on the tax inquiry link to view your account.

You can reach the Tax Collector’s office by calling (732) 341-1000 extension 8342. Please keep in mind that we tend to have much higher call volumes during tax time. Please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for your patience.

There are several tax deductions available for qualified Senior Citizens, Surviving Spouses, Disabled Persons, Veterans and Widows of Veterans. Qualified recipients of these deductions receive $250.00 that is deducted from their annual tax bill. For further information and applications please contact the Tax Assessor,  732-341-1000 extension 8300.

There are two separate and distinct property tax relief programs available to New Jersey homeowners.

Property Tax Reimbursement Program

This program is commonly known as the TAX FREEZE. It is designed to freeze the burden of increasing real estate taxes for qualified applicants by establishing a base year of eligibility, comparing that base year with any subsequent year and refunding the difference to the eligible homeowner. Eligibility must be continuous otherwise a new base year would have to be established.

Qualifications are as follows:

1. Must make application to the State annually;
2. Homeowners must be age 65 or older or receiving Federal Social Security Disability Benefits who paid property taxes on their PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE in New Jersey. Age requirements apply to the base year as well as the application year;
3. Applicant must be a NJ resident for at least 10 years and living in their current home for the last 3 or more years;
4. Must meet income limits as set by the State annually. Income limits apply to the base year as well as the application year;
5. Property taxes must be paid in full by December 31st each year. Failure to pay property taxes within the year due disqualifies the applicant. A new application would have to be filed the following year that would establish a new base year.

Application booklets are mailed out by the State in late January each year. Application booklets may also be available at the Tax Collector's office beginning in mid March.

For further information or to request an application, please contact the State of New Jersey at 1-800-882-6597 or visit the State of NJ website at www.state.nj.us/taxation/

Homestead Rebate

Homestead type rebates are sent by the State of New Jersey for qualified home owners on their primary residence. The qualifications, income limitations and amounts of the rebates vary and are determined by the State each year. In a few cases your income tax return establishes eligibility; however in most cases an application is required. Applications when required are sent by the State usually in the spring. For information on Homestead type of rebates or to determine eligibility please call the State of New Jersey at 1-888-238-1233; you may email homestead rebate questions to the State at http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/homestead/geninf.shtml or you may visit the State website at www.state.nj.us/taxation/

If there has been any change in your mortgage company it is necessary to notify the Tax Collector of the change in writing. If your mortgage has been paid off you must also notify the Tax Collector in writing to remove the bank from our records. The request must contain the block and lot number of the property, your mailing address, the bank name and address and the signature of the owner. You may fax your mortgage company change or removal request to 732-505-1886.

You may mail your request to:

Township of Toms River Tax Collector
P.O. Box 607
Toms River, NJ 08754-0607

When your mortgage company pays your taxes you should always receive a copy of the tax bill that has "THIS IS NOT A BILL FOR ADVICE ONLY" printed on it in red. If this is the bill that you have then your tax account is coded with a mortgage company. If you received an original bill without the advice phrase on it the first thing that you should do is call your mortgage company to see if they would like you to send them the bill. Many mortgage companies submit their payments to the Tax Collector using computer files and no longer require the receipt of the actual tax bill. If this is the case with your mortgage company then you may retain the bill for your reference and for income tax purposes. If your mortgage company requires the receipt of the tax bill then you must notify the Tax Collector in writing to add the bank to our records for future billing and forward the bill to your mortgage company. The request must contain the block and lot number of the property, your mailing address, the bank name and address and the signature of the owner. You may fax your mortgage company addition request to 732-505-1886.

Please mail requests to:

Township of Toms River Tax Collector
P.O. Box 607
Toms River, NJ 08754-0607

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Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 728,
Toms River, New Jersey 08754-0728
Town Hall located at:
33 Washington Street
Toms River, New Jersey 08753
732-341-1000