Tax Bill FAQ
Why is this tax bill estimated?
The Monmouth County Tax Board has not yet certified the tax rate due to the financial impacts of the pandemic.
When is the final tax bill?
Tax bills for the November 1, 2020, February 1, 2021 and May 1, 2021 payments will be mailed and adjusted following certification of the final tax rate for 2020 from the County Board of Taxation.
Where is my homestead rebate or PTR credit?
Homestead Credits have been rescinded by the state of New Jersey and placed into reserve. It is uncertain at this time if any Homestead Credits will be applied in the tax year 2020. Updates will be posted on the tax collectors website at www.middletownnj.org/taxcollection (link to https://www.middletownnj.org/278/Tax-Collection)
I have lost my job, unemployment is not enough to cover this, what can I do?
State law does not permit payment plans or forbearances. The Township does not reject partial payments and we encourage you to do so if necessary. Partial payments can only be made through the office by check.
Please keep in mind that all accounts must be current by the close of the November quarter or subject to Tax Sale (Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:5-19).
ESTIMATED AUGUST QUARTER TAX BILLS HAVE BEEN MAILED
The Township of Middletown adopted its budget on June 15, 2020 and at this time the Monmouth County Board of Taxation is unable to certify Middletown’s tax rate.
In accordance with Chapter 72 Laws of 1994, the Township of Middletown has issued an estimated tax bill for the August 1, 2020 tax payment. By mailing estimated tax bills, the Township will be able to meet its financial obligations.
Please note the estimated tax bill is the only tax bill you will receive for the August 1, 2020 payment. To avoid interest charges, all August payments must be received by 4:00 PM on or before August 10, 2020.
Tax bills for the November 1, 2020, February 1, 2021 and May 1, 2021 payments will be mailed and adjusted following certification of the final tax rate for 2020 from the Monmouth County Board of Taxation.
If you recently paid off your mortgage and now pay property taxes directly to the Township, the advice copy of the tax bill should be used for payment.
HOW TO PAY YOUR TAX BILL
If mailing your payment, please send it to:
Township of Middletown
1 Kings Highway Middletown, NJ 07748
** Please do not mail payments to Croydon Hall. No cash payments are being accepted at this time. **
Tax payments can be left in the drop box at Croydon Hall (900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo) as this drop box is checked every day. Property owners can also mail payments to 1 Kings Highway or pay through our website.
For your convenience, taxes can be paid online through the Township’s payment portal. Click HERE to pay online. There is no fee when paying by checking account with e-check. Please note there is an additional 3rd party fee when paying by credit card.
The online platform cannot accept partial payments, however they can be made through the office by check.
HOMESTEAD CREDITS UPDATE
Homestead Credits that were initially authorized by the New Jersey Department of Treasury, Division of Taxation to be sent to municipalities have been rescinded and placed into reserve. It is uncertain at this time if any Homestead Credits will be applied in the tax year 2020. Check back for any updates.
For information about State Property Tax Relief Programs, including eligibility criterion and potential deduction or credit amounts, please visit the Division of Taxation’s Website: https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/relief.shtml
Tax payments are due quarterly. The dates are follows:
- February 1
- May 1
- August 1
- November 1
There is a 10-day grace period unless the last day to pay falls on a weekend or holiday. The grace period is then extended to the next business day. The last day to pay without interest is by 4:00 PM on the last day of the grace period.
Payments received after the 10-day grace period will be considered delinquent and subject to interest (N.J.S.A. 54:4-66). For the November quarter, due to the accelerated tax sale, payments received after 4:00 PM on November 10 must be made by bank cashier check, cash or money order.
Any questions concerning your assessment should be directed to the Tax Assessor. The Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of taxes only.
Pay Taxes Online
You can pay your taxes online using a credit, debit card or a direct ACH payment. Block and lot information and available funds are required for this transaction. Please note, tax payments made by credit card online will be charged a convenience fee by the 3rd party processing agent. There is no fee charged for an ACH payment.
For the November quarter, ONLINE payments will not be accepted after 3 p.m. on November 10 because of the accelerated tax sale. Payments made after 4 p.m. on November 10 in the office must be made by bank, cashier check, cash or money order.
Pay Taxes by Mail
Make checks payable to the Township of Middletown and mail to:
Attention: Tax Collector
1 Kings Highway
Middletown, NJ 07748-2594
Pay Taxes In Person
Bring your tax payment to the Tax Department’s payment window during business hours. Bring your tax bill if you need a receipt. No rolled coins will be accepted. All tax payments made by credit card online will be charged a convenience fee by the third party processing agent. Taxpayers can pay cash, check and / or ACH for no additional charge.
Credit cards payments are not accepted for the November quarter after 3 p.m. on November 10 because of the accelerated tax sale. Payments made after 3 p.m. on November 10 must be made by bank, cashier check, cash or money order.
Pay Taxes by Drop Box
After 4 p.m. please use the night drop box located by the front door of Croydon Hall (900 Leonardville Road). The box is opened at 8 AM each business day. Payments dropped in the box after 8 AM will be processed the next business day. Please come into the office for same day processing.
Remittances requiring a receipt must be accompanied by the entire tax bill with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Otherwise, detach the appropriate stub and mail with your check, the canceled check will be your receipt.
The 1st half taxes (preliminary) of any year are based on ½ of the previous years’ taxes. When the bill for the 2nd half taxes (final) is rendered, the tax rate has been established and the total years’ tax fixed. The estimated (preliminary) amount is deducted and the remainder becomes your second half taxes. N.J.S.A. 54:4-64.
This bill should be given to the new owner or his paying agent upon sale or exchange of this property. A charge will be imposed for a duplicate tax bill.