Property taxes are due quarterly, February 1st, May 1st, August 1st and November 1st. There is a ten-day grace period. Should the 10th fall on a weekend or holiday, the last grace day is the next business day. The interest rate charged is 8% on the first $1,500 and 18% on the amount over $1,500.
Ana M. Thomas, CTC
Phone: (973) 538-2444
Fax: (973) 538-8834
531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday
*A lock box is available 24/7 in the vestibule of the 531Speedwell Avenue Municipal building for payments
The tax rate for 2020: 2.388
For more information about what your taxes cover, visit the Budget Summary.
Frequently Asked Questions
I didn’t receive a bill, why am I charged interest? State statute N.J.S.A. 54:4-64 (3) states: “The validity of any tax or assessment, or the time at which it shall be payable, shall not be affected by the failure of a taxpayer to receive a tax bill, but every taxpayer is put on notice to ascertain from the proper official of the taxing district the amount which may be due for taxes or assessments against him or his property.”
Can you waive interest? Interest cannot be waived. State statute N.J.S.A 54:4-66 (a) states “Taxes for municipalities operating under the calendar fiscal year shall be payable the first installment as hereinafter provided on February 1, the second installment on May 1, the third installment on August 1 and the fourth installment on November 1, after which dates if unpaid, they shall become delinquent and remain delinquent until such time as all unpaid taxes, including taxes and other liens subsequently due and unpaid, together with interest have been fully paid and satisfied”. Interest is taken on any payment that is not received in our office by the end of the grace period.
Do you accept postmarked checks? No, we do not accept postmarked checks.
State of New Jersey Tax Relief Programs
There are two separate and distinct property tax relief programs available to New Jersey homeowners from the State.
More information is available at: https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/relief.shtml
Annual Property Tax Deduction for Veterans
Annual deductions of up to $250.00 from taxes due on the real or personal property of qualified war veterans and their unmarried surviving spouses/surviving civil union partners/surviving domestic partners. **
Annual Property Tax Deductions for Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons
Annual deduction of up to $250.00 from property taxes for homeowners age 65 or older or disabled person who meet certain income and residency requirements. **
** These (2) benefits are administered by the local municipality. Eligibility requirements, applications, and assistance with these deductions are available at the Tax Office.
Any unpaid delinquent taxes, water, sewer or any other municipal charges from the prior year(s), which are still owning may be subject to “Tax Sale”. Tax Sale is the enforcement of collections against a property by placing a lien against the property for all outstanding municipal charges due at the end of the Calendar year (December 31). Municipal charges include but are not limited to: Property Taxes, Special Improvements District Taxes (S.I.D), Added/Omitted Assessments, Property Maintenance Liens, Water and Sewer.
Location for the sale is in our Court Room/Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ 07950.