August 1st Tax Payments
The 2020 estimated third quarter tax bills are being mailed out the week of July 6, 2020. The grace period for the 3rd quarter 2020 is Monday, August 10, 2020. Postmarks are not accepted. Payments that are not received by the grace period will be charged interest back to the quarterly due date of August 1, 2020.
Checks can be dropped off at Borough Hall, mailed or you can pay your bill online.
The 2020 Final/2021 Preliminary Tax bill will be mailed out later this year.
If you have any questions, please contact our office.
If you are mailing your Tax payment, please mail it to Borough Hall Tax Collector, 221 South 5th Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904. Effective January 1, 2020 the Borough's PO Box will no longer be in use.
Property taxes are due February 1st, May 1st, August 1st and November 1st. Failure to receive a tax bill does not affect the due date or the date that interest begins to accrue. It is the responsibility of each tax payer to obtain the amount due on their property. There is a 10 day grace period. Tax payments received after the grace period will accrue interest back to the first. The interest rate for delinquent taxes by state statute is as follows: The first $1500 of delinquency is at 8% (APR) any balance over $1500 is at 18%. The 18% interest remains until the delinquency is brought current. A 6% year-end penalty will be assessed on the last day of the fiscal year on delinquent accounts in excess of $10,000.
Property Tax Relief Forms
If you need a Property Tax Relief Form completed, please contact 732-819-3787 and the Tax Collector's office will instruct you.
Property Tax Relief Programs
- $250 Tax Deduction available for Senior Citizens, Disabled, Veterans and Surviving Spouses if you qualify
- PTR Senior Freeze - Property Tax Reimbursement (eligibility requirements apply): 1-800-882-6597
- Homestead Rebate: 1-888-238-1233
In New Jersey, all municipalities are required to hold at least one tax sale per year. The properties sold at the tax sale are those with delinquent property taxes and/or municipal charges. (Pursuant to N.J.S.A 54:5-19).
Per this process, delinquencies will be subject to a 2% cost of tax sale (up to $100). In addition, delinquencies will be subject to a mailing fee of $25 for each mailing. Two mailings are scheduled during this process.
After November 11, 2020, the amount owed is calculated as follows:
Delinquent Taxes/Other Municipal Charges + Interest + Cost of Sale + Mailing Fees = Total Amount Owed
All payments received after November 11, 2020, MUST be made using guaranteed funds: cash, cashier’s check or money order. Any other forms of payment WILL NOT be accepted. In addition, the online credit/debit card payment options WILL NOT be available after November 11, 2020.
The statute also requires a Public Notice of Tax Sale. If payment is not received by November 11, 2020, the property owner’s name will appear in this Public Notice.
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.
Secure Drop Box
There is a secure drop box for Tax and Water payments located to the left of the front entrance of Borough Hall for your convenience marked "Please put payments here." All payments left in the drop box will be posted on the next business day. Please do not leave cash payments in the drop box.