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Tax Collection

 
 
861 Asbury Ave
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Office: 609-525-9379
Fax: 609-399-5047

Mailing Address
Post Office Box 208
Ocean City, NJ 08226-0208

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM


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Click below to see your tax information and pay taxes now:
 
The 2020 3rd quarter estimated taxes are due on AUGUST 1, 2020 with a 10-day grace period.
 
The 2020 3rd quarter estimated taxes are due AUGUST 1, 2020 with a 10-day grace period.  Please be advised that postmarks are NOT accepted in accordance with the State of New Jersey tax laws, therefore the payment must be received by AUGUST 10, 2020.
 
If you are using the bill pay feature with your bank, please allow 7-10 days for your payment to reach us. The Tax Collection website is sent directly to our bank account whereas using the bill pay feature of your own bank will require a check to be sent to this office.
 
Estimated 3rd quarter tax bills
 
In light of the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, and consistent with guidance provided by the Division of Local Government Services, the City of Ocean City will need to issue estimated property tax bills for 2020 3rd quarter taxes due August 1st.  The State of New Jersey has delayed the adoption of their budget until September 30, 2020, therefore the 2020 certified tax rate will not be available until after the statutory June 30th tax bill mailing deadline. 
 
When the 2020 tax rate for the City has been certified by the Cape May County Tax Board, the Tax Collector will send another tax bill reflecting the final tax payment due on November 1, 2020 and preliminary payments due February 1 and May 1, 2021. This final/reconciled bill will reflect the total taxes billed for the calendar year 2020.
 
NOTICE OF CHANGE IN INTEREST RATE FOR DELINQUENT TAX PAYMENTS AND OTHER MUNICIPAL CHARGES
 
Effective as of the municipal property tax payment due May 1, 2020, the rate of interest charged upon delinquent tax payments on amounts in excess of $1,500 is reduced from 18% per annum to 8% per annum. This reduced rate applies to assessments within the Special Improvement Districts ("SID") as well. This reduced rate will remain in effect for payments due August 1, 2020. The rate will remain in effect for payments due August 1, 2020.
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tax Collection Office is closed to visitors. 
 
Property Tax Payment options:
Online property Tax Payments
mail: oc tax collector, po box 208, ocean city, nj 08226
secure drop box: located outside of the 9th street side of city hall
 
property tax reimbursement (senior freeze) applications
All requests for the verification of taxes that is needed for your property tax reimbursement application aka “Senior Freeze” aka “the Blue Book” will need to be requested by phone only by calling the tax collection Office.  please call 609-525-9379.  the form will be mailed to your home.  The deadline to file with the State of New Jersey is November 2, 2020.  If you get our answering machine please leave your name, contact number and address.  the office will call you back to verify your information and to confirm that it will be mailed to your home.  this is for both ptr-2 and ptr-1 (new enrollment book) forms.
 
Payment Options:

 

Change Tax Bill Mailing Address:

Please complete the Request for Change of Mailing Address Form.

 

tax collection staff directory:

Terence Graff, Tax Collector

Priscilla Meyer, Supervising Cashier

 

The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing, collection, reporting and enforcement of municipal taxes for the City of Ocean City. Tax bills are mailed annually in July. Property taxes are due on February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from paying taxes or the interest due on delinquent taxes. The City of Ocean City does permit a 10 day grace period. Please be advised that the State of New Jersey DOES NOT allow the Tax Collector to acknowledge postmarks, therefore, the taxes must be received in our office on or before the 10th. Should the 10th fall on a weekend or legal holiday, you will have until the next business day to make payment. Payments may be made by check, cash or money order. As a statutory officer of the State of New Jersey, the Tax Collector is obligated to follow all State Statutes regarding property tax collection including billing, due dates, charging interest on delinquent taxes and tax sale procedures.  No one has the authority to forgive interest on delinquent taxes.
 
Tax Due Dates:
1st Quarter due February 1st; 2nd Quarter due May 1st; 3rd Quarter due August 1st; 4th Quarter due November 1st.   Each tax quarter has a 10 day grace period, after which interest will be assessed.

Interest Rate:
The City of Ocean City has adopted by resolution an interest rate of 8% for the first $1,500 of delinquency, and 18% for any delinquency over $1,500 as allowed per state statute N.J.S.A 54:4-67, as well as a 6% year-end penalty on any balance owing as of December 31st in excess of $10,000.00.
Any unpaid delinquent taxes due from the prior year which are still owing may be subject to “TAX SALE”.  Tax Sale is the enforcement of collections against a property by placing a lien against the property for all outstanding municipal charges due at the end of the Calendar year (December 31).  Municipal charges include but are not limited to: Property Taxes, Special Improvement District Taxes (S.I.D), Added/Omitted Assessments, Property Maintenance liens. 
 
 
 
STATE OF NEW JERSEY PROPERTY TAX RELIEF PROGRAMS: 
The state maintains a variety of property tax relief programs available to New Jersey homeowners from the State.
Annual Deduction for Veterans: 
Annual deduction of up to $250 from taxes due on the real or personal property of qualified war veterans and their unmarried surviving spouses/surviving civil union partners/surviving domestic partners.***

Annual Property Tax Deduction for Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons:
Annual deduction of up to $250 from property taxes for homeowners age 65 or older or disabled who meet certain income and residency requirements. ***

***These (2) benefits are administered by the local municipality.  Eligibility Requirements, applications, and assistance with these deductions are available at the Tax Assessment Office.

Property Tax Reimbursement ("Senior Freeze" Program):
The State funded PTR program reimburses qualified applicants for the property tax increases they may incur each year from the base year. The base year is the first year an applicant meets eligibility requirements. It is important to understand the taxpayer pays the taxes as they come due and then the increase is reimbursed the following year. The deadline to submit the 2017 PTR applications was October 31, 2018.  For updated information on changes to the Senior Freeze Program for 2018, check the Division of Taxation's website @ http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ptr/index.shtml.
 
Homestead Benefit Program:
The filing deadline for 2016 Homestead Benefit Applications was November 30, 2018.  Homestead benefits for 2016 are anticipated to be applied to the May 2019 property tax bills. Additional information on the 2016 homestead benefit will be posted when it becomes available.  For eligibility and other information about the Homestead Benefit Program go to: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/homestead/geninf.shtml.
 
Public Inquiries can call toll free phone 1-800-882-6597 or e-mail nj.taxation@treas.state.nj.us.