Any questions concerning your assessment or change of address should be directed to the Tax Assessor. The Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of taxes only.
The Final 2021/Preliminary 2022 tax bills were mailed on July 21, 2021.
The next quarterly taxes are due August 1, 2021. To avoid interest please pay your taxes no later than 4:00 PM on August 20, 2021 in the office or 3:00 PM through the website.
- 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 or money order.
Bills are mailed only once a year. This bill should be given to the new owner or their paying agent upon sale or exchange of this property. A charge will be imposed for a duplicate tax bill.
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.
Taxpayers are urged to read all the information contained on the front and the back of their tax bills. Please note that according to N.J.S.A. 54:4-64 failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the tax due; it is the PROPERTY OWNER'S responsibility to ascertain from the proper official (Tax Collector) the amount due.
Tax payments do not show immediately and may take up to 48 hours to be reflected on your account. Please do not make another payment.
For your convenience, taxes can be paid online through the Township’s payment portal.
There is no fee when paying by checking account with e-check.
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.
This service is available every day except during the tax sale process from November 10 at 4 pm through January 5.
Pay By Check
There are often times when the Tax Collector must return checks that are written incorrectly. These errors cause delays and necessitate interest being charged on late payments. Please double check the following when filling out your check:
- Check is made payable to the Township of Middletown.
- Check has the current date: postdated checks cannot be accepted.
- Check is signed.
- The numeric amount matches the written amount.
Pay By Mail
Attention: Tax Collector
1 Kings Highway
Middletown, NJ 07748-2594
Pay In Person
900 Leonardville Road
Leonardo, NJ 07737
Payments cannot be made at Town Hall.
Pay By Drop Box
For your convenience tax payments can be left in the drop box located by the front door at
900 Leonardville Road
Leonardo, NJ 07737
If you are late paying the November quarter, due to the Township's Accelerated Tax Sale, only certified funds or money orders can be left in the drop box. All personal checks will be returned so please call for an amount before placing a payment in the box.
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.
Property Tax Reimbursement Programs
Please be advised that the Division of Taxation has begun mailing out the 2020 Senior Freeze Property Tax Reimbursement applications to eligible senior citizens and disabled residents on 2/18/2021. The deadline for filing application is November 1, 2021. Any questions should be directed to the Senior Freeze Hotline at 1-(800) 882-6597.
Homestead Property Tax Credit
The full 2017 Homestead Property Tax Credit has been applied to the May 2021 tax quarter for eligible property owners and adjusted statements will be mailed. Please note, if you have sold your property after 2017 and have not contacted the State, you should reach out to your closing attorney for guidance. All credits must remain with the property and cannot be refunded to prior owners because of a sale.
State Property Tax Relief Programs
Information about State Property Tax Relief Programs, including eligibility criterion and potential deduction or credit amounts, is available on the Division of Taxation’s website.
In New Jersey, all municipalities are required to hold at least one Tax Sale per year. The 2021 Accelerated Tax Sale for the Township of Middletown will be an ELECTRONIC TAX SALE held on December 28, 2021 for DELINQUENT TAXES ONLY. The links to the Tax Sale website and instructions on how to register for the Tax Sale will be available starting November 29, 2021.
For all questions regarding auction procedures including registration, training, bidding, or deposits please contact Real Auction Customer Service at 954-734-7401 or 877-361-7325.
The properties sold at this year’s Tax Sale are those with delinquent taxes for the tax year 2021. State law regarding the New Jersey Tax Sale process can be found in New Jersey statute: N.J.S.A 54:5-19 etc. The New Jersey statutes can be found at the library or online at: www.njleg.state.nj.us/.
A TAX LIEN DOES NOT GIVE YOU POSSESSION OF OR THE RIGHT TO TRESPASS ON THE PROPERTY. THAT IS DONE THROUGH THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS.
You are urged to familiarize yourself with the Tax Sale process and do your due diligence on any property you bid on.
Although delinquent Sewer charges cannot be sold this year, if your sewer account is delinquent, you are strongly urged to contact the Sewer Authority at 732-495-1010 to bring your account current. These delinquent charges will be sold next year and can place a lien against your property.
All payments received after November 10, 2021, for property taxes MUST be made using guaranteed funds: attorney trust check, title company check, cashier’s check and/or money order in order to remove the property from the Tax Sale process. Any other form of payment WILL NOT be accepted. All other checks — online, personal, and business — WILL be returned. In addition, the credit card/ACH payment options WILL NOT be available after 3:00 PM, November 10, 2021.
Per this process, delinquencies will be subject to a 2% cost of sale (minimum $15 but no more than $100). In addition, delinquencies will be subject to a mailing fee of $25 for each mailing. Two mailings are scheduled for this process. THESE FEES ARE REQUIRED AS PART OF THE TAX SALE PROCESS AND CANNOT BE WAIVED.
NOTE: Failure of the property owner to receive a notice of Tax Sale properly mailed by the Tax Collector shall not constitute grounds to void the subsequent Tax Sale.
After November 10, 2021, the amount is calculated as follows:
Delinquent Taxes/Delinquent Sewer Charges + Interest + Cost of Sale + Mailing Fees = Total Amount Due
To receive the exact amount owed for taxes, please contact the Tax Office at 732-615-2086.
For questions regarding delinquent sewer charges owed, please contact the Sewer Authority at 732-495-1010.