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FREQUENTLY ASKED PROPERTY TAX QUESTIONS

  • When are tax bills mailed?

  • When are tax payments due?

  • How can I pay my taxes?

  • How can I obtain information on the tax sale process?

  • How do I go about filing a tax appeal?

  • What if I have a lien on my property and want to pay it off?

  • What if I want to change my mailing address?

  • When will I be billed for any improvements done to my property?

  • How do I change the name on my deed?

    When are tax bills mailed?

    Tax bills are mailed out once a year late June or early July. New bills are not mailed when there is a change in ownership; you must contact the tax office and request a bill.

    When are tax payments due?

    Property taxes in Willingboro are billed on a calendar year, January 1st to December 31st. The first Quarter covers Jan-March, second quarter covers  April-June, third quarter covers July-Sept and the fourth quarter covers Oct-Dec. Payments are due in the middle of each quarter or February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, and November 1st (there is a 10 day grace period). On the 11th day interest is calculated back to the 1st. If the 10th falls on a weekend or legal holiday, you have until the next working day to make payment. We cannot accept postmarks. Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from paying taxes or the interest due on delinquent taxes.

    How can I pay my taxes?

    Tax payments may be made with check, cash, or money order. Beginning 2010 we can no longer accept credit card payments at the Tax office window. You may pay current year taxes online by use of ACH, E-check or credit card by using our convenient online services: www.willingboronj.gov.  Payments of prior year taxes are not permitted online. Any open balances after December 31st of the current year are subject to our tax sale.

    Mail Payments to:
    Tax Collector
    Willingboro Township
    One Rev. Dr. M. L. King, Jr. Drive
    Willingboro, NJ 08046

    Payments may be paid 24 hours a day, via the drop box located within the downstairs lobby of the Police Department, within the Municipal Complex located at: One Rev. Dr. M. L. King, Jr. Drive Willingboro, NJ 08046.


    How can I obtain information on the Tax Sale Process?

    The Tax Sale in Willingboro Township is held annually for unpaid prior year(s) taxes and municipal charges. The tax sale list is advertised in the Burlington County Times and posted in the Municipal Building, Library, Post Office and WMUA. All payments must be made with certified check, cash, money orders or wire transfer. We urge you to know the tax sale procedure and research any property you wish to bid on. (See “Elements of Tax Sales in NJ” below for more information)


    How do I go about filing an appeal?

    All appeal questions should be directed to the Assessor Office (609) 877-2200 extension 1012 or 1013.


    What if I have a lien on my property and want to pay it off?

    We need a written request (24 hours prior) requesting a redemption figure, with a date that we would receive the payment, along with the block/lot/lien number. This payment must be certified funds, cash, or money order. Send request for redemption to:
    Tax Collector, Willingboro Township
    1 Dr. M L King Jr Drive
    Willingboro, NJ 08046
    FAX (609) 877-7352


    What if I want to change my mailing address?


    This request must be made in writing and signed by the property owner, along with the block/lot and reason and sent to:


    Tax Assessor, Willingboro Twp

    1 Rev.Dr. M. L. King, Jr. Drive
    Willingboro, NJ 08046
    FAX to: (609) 877-7352


    When will I be billed for any improvements done to my property?

    You will be sent a letter from the Assessor after the improvement has been issued a Certificate of Occupancy. The letter will advise you of the additional assessed value due and what year(s) are involved. The new assessment will cause additional bill(s) to be issued. The bill called an added assessment bill will be sent out in October and due November 1st (4th quarter) of the current year and February 1st and May 1st of the following year. The added assessment bill must be combined together with your original tax bill that was received in June. When the new bills are generated the following June, all taxes will be combined into one bill. See Tax Assessor to see if you meet the qualifications for abatement.


    How do I change the name on my deed?

    A deed is an official document, recorded at the county level and a new deed has to be recorded to add or delete anyone from the official record of ownership. We recommend that you seek legal assistance from an attorney or title company specializing in property transactions. If you are listed as a Joint Tenant no change is required but is recommended and one needs to bring an original certified copy of the death certificate to the Tax Assessor.


    Elements of Tax Sales in New Jersey

    (AS PROVIDED BY THE DIVISION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES)

    New Jersey law requires all 566 municipalities to hold at least one tax sale per year, if the municipality has delinquent property taxes and/or municipal charges. You can obtain information on upcoming tax sales by contacting the tax collector in the municipality in question, or from the web site of the Tax Collectors & Treasurers Association of New Jersey.   More detailed information on the tax sale process in New Jersey can be found at New Jersey Tax Lien Auction Information*.

    In New Jersey, property taxes are a continuous lien on the real estate. Property taxes are due in four installments during the year: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Delinquency on a property may accrue interest at up to 8 per cent for the first $1,500 due, and 18 per cent for any amount over $1,500. If the amount of delinquency on a property exceeds $10,000 at the end of the municipal fiscal year, the municipality may charge up to a 6 per cent year-end penalty.

    At the tax sale, title to the delinquent property itself is not sold. What is sold is a tax sale certificate, a lien on the property. Tax sale certificates can earn interest of up to 18 per cent, depending on the winning percentage bid at the auction. At the auction, bidders bid down the interest rate that will be paid by the owner for continuing interest on the certificate amount. If the interest is bid down to one per cent, then a “premium,” is bid starting at $0 to whenever the bidding stops to obtain the tax sale certificate. The premium is kept on deposit with the municipality for up to five years. If the tax sale certificate is not redeemed, or the property foreclosed upon within the five year period, then the premium escheats to the municipality. No interest accrues on the premium to the benefit of the buyer of the tax sale certificate.
    The winning bidder is the one who bids the lowest percentage of interest or bids the highest premium. Bidders are urged to contact the Tax Collector for local payment restrictions before the sale) At the close of the sale, the winning bidder must immediately pay (pursuant to the local restrictions) the municipality the taxes and interest to date; in exchange the municipality will provide the bidder the tax sale certificate. In order for the winning lien holder to protect their interest in the tax sale certificate, it should be recorded in the Deed Room at the County Clerk’s Office within 90 days of the sale.

    Taxes continue to accrue on the property after the sale of the certificate. Bidders have the option to pay these subsequent taxes; if they are not paid, a tax sale certificate will be sold at the next tax sale. Any subsequent certificate issued will be paramount to any prior certificate. Subsequent taxes paid by the lien holder earn interest at the rate set by the municipality.

    If the certificate is redeemed by the property owner prior to foreclosure, the certificate earns a redemption penalty at the rate of 2, 4, or 6 percent, depending on the amount of the original tax sale certificate, in addition to any interest rate on the certificate.
    After two years, a lien holder can begin proceedings in Superior Court to foreclose on the property. If foreclosure is perfected, then the name on the deed is changed to that of the lien holder who can then take possession of the property.

    This information is intended only as a short introduction to the tax sale process in New Jersey, and not as investment advice. There is no substitute for learning as much about investing in tax sale certificates from the many sources available, both online and in print. As with all investments, the investor must do his or her due diligence when investing in tax sale certificates. Unlike more “passive” investments, like certificates of deposit, or stocks and bonds, tax sale certificates require “active” follow up and management by the investor. By posting this notice, the State of New Jersey neither recommends nor discourages investment in tax sale certificates, and makes no guarantee of profit or positive result from such investment.

    * This information, and the content at www.tctanj.org and www.njtaxlieninvestor.com are private organizations; the Division of Local Government Services makes no assurances or guarantees about the reliability of the information. There are provided here only as a potential source of information and does not and is not intended to serve as legal or investment advice.


    SENIOR CITIZENS AND VETERANS DEDUCTIONS

    Qualifications for Deductions
    Senior Citizen Deduction – Disability Deduction – Surviving Spouse Deduction
    • New Jersey Citizenship as of October 1 pretax year
    • Property Ownership as of October 1 pretax year
    • Residence in New Jersey and in Dwelling House as of October 1 pretax year and
    • Residence in New Jersey for 1 year immediately prior to October 1 pretax year
    • Senior Citizen – age 65 or more as of December 31 pretax year
    • Permanent and Total Disability Deduction – Permanently and Totally Disabled as of December 31 pretax year
    • Surviving Spouse Deduction – age 55 or more as of December 31 pretax year and at the time of spouse’s death and the spouse must have been receiving either the Senior citizen Deduction or the Disability Deduction on the same dwelling as the Surviving Spouse Deduction being claimed
    • Income (including income of the claimant’s spouse) will not exceed $10,000 (Income means all income received from whatever source derived including, but not limited to, salaries, wages, bonuses, commissions, tips, and other compensations before payroll deductions, all dividends, interest, realized capital gains, royalties, income from rents, business income, and in their entirety, pension, annuity and retirement benefits. Realized capital gains, except for capital gain from the sale or exchange of real property owned and used by the claimant as his/her principal residence, dividends, interest, pensions, annuities and retirement benefits must be included in full without deductions even though they may be wholly or partially exempt for Federal income tax purposes.) Excludable Income – Income can be excluded under ONE of the following three categories: Social Security Benefits or Federal Government Retirement/Disability Pension including Federal Railroad Retirement Benefits or State, County, Municipal Government and their political subdivisions and agencies Retirement/Disability Pension. Please contact the Assessor’s Office for the latest income guidelines as the Excludable Income has a maximum amount of exclusion that changes each year.
    Only one of the above deductions may be received per principal residence regardless of the number of qualified claimants residing on the premises. Vacation, summer or second homes do not qualify for any of the above deductions.

    The current deduction for the Senior Citizen Deduction or the Disability Deduction or the Surviving Spouse Deduction is $250.00 deducted off the tax bill for each year the claimant qualifies.


    Applications are available in the Assessor’s Office located the Municipal Building.

    Veteran Claimant (must meet all qualifications)
    • Have had active wartime service in the United States Armed Forces and been honorably discharged
    • Active Wartime Service Periods for Veteran Deductions and Disabled Veterans Deductions
    ** Operation Northern/Southern Watch August 27, 1992 – March 17, 2003
    ** Operation Iraqi Freedom March 19, 2003 – Ongoing
    ** Operation Enduring Freedom September 11, 2001 – Ongoing
    **”Joint Endeavor/Joint Guard” November 20, 1995 – June 20, 1998
    **”Restore Hope” Mission – Somalia December 5, 1992 – March 31, 1994
    ** Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
    Mission August 2, 1990 – February 28, 1991
    ** Panama Peacekeeping Mission December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990
    ** Grenada Peacekeeping Mission October 23, 1983 – November 21, 1983
    ** Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission September 26, 1982 – December 1, 1987
    Vietnam Conflict December 31, 1960 – May 7, 1975
    ** Lebanon Crisis of 1958 July 1, 1958 – November 1, 1958
    Korean Conflict June 23, 1950 – January 31, 1955
    World War II September 16, 1940 – December 31, 1946
    World War I April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918
    **NOTE – Peacekeeping Missions require a minimum of 14 days service in the actual combat zone except where service-incurred injury or disability occurs in the combat zone, then actual time served though less than 14 days, is sufficient for purposes of property tax exemption or deduction. The 14 day requirement for Bosnia and Herzegovina may be met by services in one or both operations for 14 days continuously or in aggregate. For Bosnia and Herzegovina combat zone also includes the airspace above those nations.

    If you need assistance in documenting your veterans’ status, contact the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at 1-800-624-0508; (609) 530-6958 or (609) 530-6854.

    The current deduction for the Veteran Deduction or Widow of Veteran or Serviceperson Deduction is $250.00 deducted off the tax bill for tax year 2003 and each year thereafter for each year the claimant qualifies.
    • Own the property, wholly or in part, or hold legal title to the property for which deduction is claimed
    • Be a citizen and legal or domiciliary resident of New Jersey
    Surviving Spouse of Veteran or Serviceperson Claimant (must
    meet all qualifications)
    • Document that the deceased veteran or serviceperson was a citizen and resident of New Jersey at death who had active wartime service in the United States Armed Forces and who was honorably discharged or who died on active wartime duty
    • Not have remarried
    • Be a legal or domiciliary resident of New Jersey
    • Own the property, wholly or in part, or hold legal title to the property for which deduction is claimed


    Disabled Veteran Claimant

    (Must meet all requirements)
    • Have had active wartime service in United States Armed Forces and been honorably discharged
    • Have a United States Veterans Administration certification of service-connected disability issued in accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.30, ET. SEQ.
    • Wholly own or hold legal title to the dwelling house for which exemption is claimed
    • Occupy the dwelling house as the principal residence
    • Be a citizen and legal or domiciliary resident of New Jersey.
    Surviving Spouse of a Disabled Veteran or Serviceperson Claimant
    (Must meet all requirements)
    • Document that the deceased veteran or serviceperson was a citizen and resident of New Jersey at death who had active wartime service in the United States Armed Forces and who was honorably discharged or who died on active wartime duty
    • Document that the deceased veteran had a United States Veterans Administration certification of service-connected disability issued in accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.30, ET. SEQ.
    • Not have remarried
    • Wholly own or hold legal title to the claimed dwelling house
    • Occupy the dwelling house as the principal residence
    Any qualified claimant for the Disabled Veteran Exemption or the Widow of a Disabled Veteran or Serviceperson Exemption is exempt from property taxes.

    Applications are available in the Assessor’s Office located in the Municipal Building

    Understanding the Tax Rate
    Willingboro Township total tax rate consists of three separate and autonomous entities,
    Willingboro School District …. Burlington County…. and the Township of Willingboro.
    Willingboro School District: budget is created by the Board of Education and voted on by the community.
    Burlington County: the Board of Chosen Freeholders compiles the budget. Your County budget appears on the tax bill broken down as follows:
    County tax $0.348

    Cty Farmland/Open Space tax $0.045

    Township of Willingboro: the five-member Township Council constructs the budget, publishes a synopsis in the newspaper and then votes on it after two public hearings.
    Each budget is submitted to the Burlington County Board of Taxation, who adds the three budgets together and divides that total by the total assessed value of the municipality. The rate is based on each $100.00 of assessed value. If you own a home with the average assessed value for 2010 of $159,000.00 and this year’s tax rate of $3.201 per $100 of assessed value your taxes would be $5,089.59
    $159,000.00
    X $3.201 per $100.00
    $5,089.59

    The average assessed home for 2010 is $159,000.00 and was billed $5,089.59.
    The Tax was distributed as followed:
    Dollar Amount Percentage of tax
    School District $2,213.46 43.49 %
    County Agencies $625.00 12.28 %
    Township $2251.13 44.23 %
    Total 2008 tax $5,089.59 100.00 %

    Distribution of Taxes

    2010 TAX RATE OF $3.201

    TYPE OF TAX % $$$
    SCHOOL DISTRICT
    43.49% OF THE TAX RATE $1.392
    COUNTY 12.28% OF THE TAX RATE $.393
    TOWNSHIP 44.22% OF THE TAX RATE $1.416
    TOTAL 100.00% OF THE TAX RATE $3.201

    The average assessed home for 2010 is $159,000.00 and was billed $5,089.59
    The Tax was distributed as followed:

    Dollar Amount Percentage of tax
    School District $2,213.46 43.49 %
    County Agencies $625.00 12.28 %
    Township $2251.13 43.49%
    Total 2010 Tax
    $5,089.59 100 %

    Tax Rates
    Rate Increase/
    Year Municipal School County Sub-Total REAP Total (Decrease)
    1984 2.980 2.980
    1985 2.958 2.958 -0.02
    1986 3.077 3.077 0.12
    1987 2.773 2.773 -0.30
    1988 2.692 2.692 -0.08
    1989 2.750 2.750 0.06
    1990 2.877 2.877 0.13
    1991 2.958 2.958 0.08
    1992 0.779 1.614 0.620 3.013 3.013 0.06
    1993 0.843 1.359 0.596 2.798 2.798 -0.22
    1994 0.943 1.297 0.585 2.825 2.825 0.03
    1995 0.987 1.133 0.511 2.631 2.631 -0.19
    1996 1.057 1.459 0.512 3.028 3.028 0.40
    1997 1.057 1.512 0.537 3.106 3.106 0.08
    1998 1.121 1.573 0.543 3.237 3.237 0.13
    1999 1.205 1.629 0.562 3.396 3.396 0.16
    2000 1.298 1.743 0.557 3.598 -0.059 3.539 0.14
    2001 1.299 1.775 0.550 3.624 -0.063 3.561 0.02
    2002 1.365 1.760 0.540 3.665 3.665 0.10
    2003 1.427 1.982 0.538 3.947 3.947 0.28
    2004 1.630 1.975 0.548 4.153 4.153 0.21
    2005 1.709 2.081 0.580 4.370 4.370 0.22
    2006 1.832 2.690 0.658 5.180 5.180 0.81
    2007 1.832 2.690 0.658 5.180 5.180 0.00
    2008 2.058 2.528 0.691 5.277 5.277 0.10
    2009 2.198 2.388 0.678 5.264 5.264 -0.01 2010 1.416 1.392 0.393 3.201 3.201 -2.06

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