Wednesday August 3 2022 8:54am
Property Tax Bills
- Property tax bills are mailed once a year in July and contain four quarterly payments.
- Taxes are due February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Postmarks are not accepted. Partial payments are not accepted for delinquent taxes. Post-dated checks are not accepted.
- The township grants a 10-day grace period. Any taxes remaining unpaid nine calendar days following the due date are subject to interest at the rate of 8% per annum on the first $1,500 and 18% per annum for any amount over $1,500 retroactive to the first of the month. A penalty of 6% will be charged on any delinquency in excess of $10,000 if not paid by the end of the fiscal year. Any municipal lien remaining unpaid on the eleventh month of the current fiscal year is subject to Tax Sale at any time thereafter (Ch.99, P.L. 1997)
- Separate checks are required for tax and sewer payments.
- If you pay your taxes through your mortgage company, the statement will say, "This is not a bill, for advice only."
- If you receive an "advice only" statement, but do not have a mortgage company, use this statement to pay your taxes. Your mortgage company should send us a notice to remove your bank code.
- When selling your property, this bill must be handed over to the new owner at the time of closing.
- Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from paying taxes or delinquent interest on taxes.
- *For information on the Homestead Benefit Program contact the Division of Taxation at: 1-888-238-1233. For information on the Property Tax Reimbursement Program, also known as the Senior Tax Freeze and PTR Program, please contact the PTR Hotline at: 1-800-882-6597 or visit the website www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation.
- Payments may be made by mail, online, or in person at our office during regular business hours.
- Payment online using Edmund’s WIPP allows you to make a one-time payment by credit card or checking account ACH payment.
- The Township now additionally offers direct withdrawal for tax and sewer payments. There is no fee for this service. Payments for quarterly property taxes will be debited from your account on the payment due dates of February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1. Payments for sewer will be debited from your account on the payment due dates of April 1 and October 1. Your application must be received in the Tax Office no later than 30 days prior to the due date.* Please note, this authorization is to remain in full force and effect until the Township of Morris has received written notification from the applicant of its termination a minimum of 30 days prior to the next withdrawal, as to afford the Township of Morris and Depository a reasonable opportunity to act on it.
- Payments may also be made by using bill pay from your bank. When using bill pay make sure to include your block, lot, and qualifier(if any) and/or account number in the memo. Payments lacking property identification may be returned. Please note, bill pay payments are not electronic, your bank converts these payments into a paper check that is mailed through the postal system. Keep in mind when scheduling your payment to allow enough time to be delivered by the due date. We suggest at least 7-10 days.
- After hours: There is a mail slot in the front of the building for your convenience. Payments placed in the mail slot after closing will be receipted the next day.
- The State of New Jersey does not allow the use of postmarks for tax payment acceptance dates, so payments must be in our office by the end of the grace period by closing time on the due date.
- If you wish a receipt and pay by mail, include the entire bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope with your payment.
- As a statutory office of the State of New Jersey, the tax collector is obligated to follow all of the State Statutes regarding property tax collection including billing, due dates, interest on delinquent tax payments, and tax sale procedures.
- Tax and sewer bills should be mailed to:
Township of Morris Tax Collector’s Office
50 Woodland Ave.
P.O. Box 7603
Convent Station, NJ 07961-7603
- To obtain a public record from the tax office, an OPRA form must be filled out and sent to the Township Clerk’s Office.
- Lien redemption requests must be made in writing to the tax collector. At no time should you approach the lien holder. All redemptions must be made through the Tax Collector’s Office. The written request should include the date you anticipate making a payment and a statement of your legal interest in the property. New Jersey Tax Sale law only allows parties of interest the right to redeem a lien.
- Water is billed through a private company, the Southeast Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (SMCMUA). They can be reached at 973-326-6880.
- Contact the Tax Collector’s Office if you have any questions.