DIVISION OF TAX COLLECTION
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Shari Key, CTC, Tax Collector
Lynn Steurer, Senior Tax Clerk
The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing, collection, reporting and enforcement of municipal taxes for the Borough of Spotswood. The Borough of Spotswood operates on a calendar year budget. Tax bills are mailed once annually in July.
Property taxes are due 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 Borough of Spotswood does permit a ten (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 of the month due. Should the 10th fall on a weekend or legal holiday, you will have until the next business day to make payment. Payments will only be accepted if made by check, cash, or money order. We DO NOT accept credit or debit cards.
As a statutory office of the State of New Jersey, the Tax Collector is obligated to follow all state statutes regarding property tax collection, including billing, due dates, interest on delinquent tax payments, and tax sale procedures.
It is important to note that taxes must be paid in full by December 31 for all State rebate programs. Failure to have the taxes paid by December 31 disqualifies you from receiving the Property Tax Reimbursement, also known as the Tax Freeze. Homestead rebates would be sent to the Tax Collector and may subject your property to tax sale.
You may pay your taxes online. Please note that there is a charge for this service.
INTEREST CHARGED ON UNPAID TAXES
Any taxes remaining unpaid by the 1st of February, May, August, and November are subject to interest at the rate of 8% per year for delinquencies up to $1,500.00 and 18% per year for delinquencies over $1,500.00. Please note that once a delinquency reaches the 18% threshold, the account must be paid up to date before interest reverts back to 8%.
The Borough of Spotswood does provide a 10-day grace period for paying your taxes; however, on the 11th day, interest is charged from the actual due date of the 1st. It is also important to note that the date of receipt by the Tax Collector, not the mailing postmark, is used to determine the delinquency date. Any account with a current calendar year delinquency, together with accrued interest totaling $10,000.00 or more on December 31st, is subject to an additional 6% year-end penalty.
Call the Tax Office to determine the correct amount of interest to submit with any delinquent tax payment prior to sending the payment.