IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION CONCERNING METHOD OF PAYMENT FOR TAX AND UTILITY BILLS
In an effort to promote cost effectiveness and efficiency, we have made some changes and enhancements to your ability to pay your tax and utility bills.
As you may be aware, you can now pay both your utility bill AND your tax bill online by simply logging on to the Township’s website www.winslowtownship.com and clicking on the “Pay Your Bill Here” icon located on the upper right-hand side of the home page. This will allow you to access your tax and utility accounts and pay your bill from the comfort of your own home, without having to wait on the phone during busy times for the next available account clerk.
As a result of this expanded service, beginning November 1, 2013, due to duplication and cost, we will no longer be accepting credit card payments for utility bills over the phone or at the counter using the credit card swipe machine at the counter as had been provided in the past.
The new system provides a direct link to our tax and utility software making it easier to review your account history and pay your bill, and, it is more comprehensive and less costly than the system we are phasing out.
If you do not have home access to a computer, there is one available for your use at the Tax Office counter; and several are available at the Camden County Library located on Cooper Folly Road. If you utilize the computers at the library, please be aware that the library is not affiliated with the Township, and as such, the library employees will not be aware of the internal nuances of our tax and utility software. Seniors who do not have home access to a computer may utilize the computers at the Bud Duble Senior Center.
General Tax Information
Property Taxes: Property taxes in New Jersey are due quarterly, February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1. A courtesy 10 day grace period is normally available. A payment may be made before its due date; however, if a payment is not received within the grace period, interest is calculated from the date the payment was originally due. State law mandates that any payment that is late is subject to interest charges. Amounts up to $1,500.00 are charged 8% interest. Amounts over $1,500.00 are charged 18% interest. Once a delinquency over $1,500.00 exists, 18% interest remains until the account is brought current. Additionally, there is a provision for a year end penalty for any property that owes municipal charges of $10,000.00 or more on December 31st.
Property Tax Bill: Property taxes, utility charges and any other municipal charges are assessed on the property itself. Annually (June/July) a tax rate is struck. New tax bills are then produced. They are for the 3rd and 4th quarter of the current year and the 1st and 2nd quarter of the next year, based on the new rate. If you have a mortgage company that escrows for your taxes, they will receive a tax bill and an advice copy will be sent to the property owner. Original bills will be sent to those owners who do not have a mortgage escrow account. The State takes the position that taxes are assessed on the property, and it is the responsibility of the current property owner to pay the taxes regardless of the receipt of a tax bill.
Added/Omitted Assessment: Bills go out in October and are due November 1st. These billing amounts are added to the original billing for the current year 4th quarter as well as the 1st and 2nd quarter of the following year.
Tax Sale: NJ statute requires all municipalities to hold a Tax Sale annually. When an unpaid balance from municipal, county or state charges, i.e. taxes, public works, township utilities or Camden County Municipal Utility Authority (CCMUA) exists from the preceding year, the property is included in the Tax Sale. The tax sale can be held as early as October of the current year, but no later than December of the next year. The tax sale will be advertised in a local newspaper, which will be noted here shortly.
Assessment Appeal: Please contact the Tax Assessor’s Office at (609) 567-0700, option 9.
Mailing Address Changes: Any changes in address or tax deductions must be made through the Tax Assessor’s Office at (609) 567-0700, option 9.
The Tax Collector’s office is responsible for receiving utility bill payments. Any questions regarding your service should be directed to the Utility Customer Service Department at 609-567-0700, option 7.
PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PROGRAMS
Annual Deduction for Senior Citizen/Disabled Person: Persons age 65 or older OR are 100% disabled receiving SSD who meet certain income and residency requirements, may be entitled to a yearly deduction of $250.00 on their taxes and a quarterly deduction on their water/sewer utility bill.
Senior Citizens or Permanently Disabled individuals who qualify for the $250.00 deduction must file a statement every year verifying their eligibility. This statement is called the “Annual Post-Tax Year Statement (or PD5 form) and is mailed to you by our office in February each year. It must be completed, signed and returned to our office each year on or before March 1st. If you fail to file this form, it will result in the deduction being charged back for the previous year.
Veteran and/or Surviving Spouse Deduction: Qualified veterans of the United States who served in the time of war may be entitled to a $250.00 credit per year.
Additional Property Tax Relief Programs: Additional programs such as the Homestead Rebate Benefit and the Property Tax Reimbursement Program are available for property tax relief. Information can be obtained at http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/phonenos.shtml