Hope Ingram-Lewis, Tax Collector
Phone: (732) 446-8360
Fax: (732) 446-7998
EFFECTIVE MARCH 17TH, TAX OFFICE PROTOCOL WHILE MUNICIPAL BUILDING IS CLOSED:
TOWNSHIP OF MANALAPAN TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE
Due to concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID 19) and in an effort to protect both residents and staff, we are asking residents to refrain from coming to the Tax Collectors Office at this time. Our office is staffed and available by phone, email or fax.
SENIOR FREEZE If you need your PTR1 or PTR2 Forms filled out, please call, fax or email your request. When contacting our office by either fax or email be sure to include the following information: 1) Do you need PTR-1A or PTR-2A? 2) Name and property address 3) Do you own 100% of this property either alone or with a spouse? If you own the property with someone other than a spouse, what percentage do you own? We will print the forms from our computer system and mail them to you when completed.
TAX PAYMENTS Property Taxes can be paid by 1) Mailing a check with the appropriate stub. If you do not have the stub, simply write your block and lot number, account ID or property address in the memo section. 2) Using your own bank’s online bill pay (please give ample time for the payment to be received in our office). When setting up your payment, please use the Account ID on your tax bill as the Account Number. 3) Credit card, debit card or e-check on our website. The link can be found on the Tax Collector’s page. 4) Tax payment dropbox is located on the left wall outside of the municipal building. Please note that there is a fee for online payments. On our website, you can also find your tax amount due, print a copy of your bill and calculate interest to a future date.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation as we all work together to get through this very challenging time.
The Tax Collector’s Office is responsible for collecting Real Estate taxes for all properties in Manalapan Township. Taxes are due on the first of February, May, August and November. There is a 10 day grace period after which interest is applied, calculated at 8% on the first $1,500 past due and 18% for any amount over $1,500. (per NJSA 54:4-67). Properties with delinquent municipal charges (taxes, sewer and interest) totaling $10,000.00 or more at calendar year end are subject to an additional 6% year end penalty.
The Tax Collector’s Office maintains office hours – Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NEW EXTENDED HOURS – extended hours are now available on the first Thursday evening of February, May, August and November, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to accommodate taxpayers who wish to pay their taxes in person and are unable to do so during regular working hours.
Tax Payment Drop Box – The tax payment drop box is located on the left wall outside of the municipal building and is available 24 hours, seven days a week.
Guidelines – Payments received by 4:00 p.m. are considered received as of that day. Payments received after 4:00 p.m. will be credited as of the next business day.
The drop box is for tax payments only. No cash is accepted.
Taxes can now be paid on-line via credit/debit card or e-check. Residents can now print a copy of the current year’s tax bill and calculate interest to a future date.
The tax rate is determined by the budgets of the Township, County, Elementary School, High School and Fire Companies. Manalapan has two Fire Districts serving the community therefore there are two different tax rates.
The table below reflects the tax rates per $100 of assessed value.
|Regional Elementary School||.945||.941||.954||.950||.933|
|Regional High School||.416||.420||.415||.418||.414|
|Municipal Open Space||.020||.020||.020||.020||.020|
|County Open Space||.029||.029||.028||.015||.015|
|Total General Tax Rate||2.008||2.011||2.023||2.021||2.004|
|Fire District 1||.045||.044||.044||.045||.038|
|Fire District 2||.052||.052||.053||.054||.050|
TAX BILLS – Tax bills are mailed once a year in July. New tax bills are not mailed when there is a change in ownership. If you sell your property, make a copy of the bill for your records and give the original bill to the new owner at closing. If you are a new owner and did not receive the bill at closing, please contact our office or click the link at the top of this page to view and/or pay property taxes online. Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt the taxpayer from paying taxes or interest that may be due. Please read the front and back of your tax bill for important tax information.
TAX PAYMENTS – Tax payments may be made by mail, online or in person. Payments can be made without a tax bill at the municipal building, however, if you require a receipt when paying in person, you must present the entire tax bill with your check. If you require a receipt by mail, send the entire tax bill with a self addressed, stamped envelope. Otherwise, you may simply present the stub with your check – the canceled check will be your receipt.
Payments must be received in our office on or before the tenth of February, May, August and November. If the tenth falls on a holiday or weekend, the grace period will be extended to the next business day. Payments received after 4:00 p.m. on the last day of the grace period will accrue interest charges calculated from the statutory due date. Postmarks are not accepted. Please note the Tax Collector is not responsible for delayed or lost mail.
PLEASE NOTE: THE TAX COLLECTOR’S DUTY IS TO COLLECT ALL TAXES DUE IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE STATUTES. SHE HAS NO STATUTORY AUTHORITY TO REDUCE A TAX OR WAIVE INTEREST CHARGES.
CHECK LIST: 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 Manalapan Township
- Check has the current date; post dated checks cannot be accepted
- Check is signed
- The numeric amount matches the written amount