4th Quarter Property Taxes
The 4th quarter taxes are due 11/1/17. To avoid interest, payments must be received in the Collector’s office by close of business, 11/10/17. ***IMPORTANT NOTE: The office is open on 11/10/17, however there is no mail delivery due to USPS Veterans Day observance on 11/10. Interest is charged to the day payment is received, irregardless of postmark (NJSA 54:4-67). If you choose to mail your payment, please send early enough to be received within the grace period.
Tax Bill Information
Final 2017/Preliminary 2018 tax bills were mailed 7/21/17. Contact office for duplicate tax bill if needed.
Checks should be made payable to Voorhees Township
DO NOT POST DATE CHECKS, THEY WILL BE RETURNED
Payments may also be placed in the black drop box located on the wall by the door of the outside Township entrance.
ANY PAYMENT PLACED IN THE DROP BOX WILL BE CONSIDERED AS RECEIVED THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY
Voorhees Township is pleased to offer the convenience of Direct Debit of your TAX and SEWER payments from your personal account to Voorhees Township’s account. Complete and return an ACH form with a VOIDED CHECK from your account (form can be downloaded at the bottom of this page or contact office to have form emailed to you). There is NO additional charge/fee for this service. The tax transfer date will be the 1st of the month of the Quarter due. The utility transfer date will be the 1st of the month due (4/1). Your account must be current to begin this service.
**If you take advantage of the ACH SERVICE, please remember if you sell your home or no longer wish to have this service active, you must notify our office in writing to remove the bank account information provided.**
Internet Payments (e-check or credit card)
Payments can be accepted via the Internet through our third party vendor. The Web Site is: www.officialpayments.com. There will be a nominal fee charged for this service by Official Payments Corporation.
Payments can be made by calling 1-800-272-9829. Follow the key prompts. They will walk you through the system. You will be asked to provide a jurisdiction code. The code for Voorhees Township is 4064.
If you wish to pay online through your own bank please note the following:
Online payments are not electronic transfers, since your bank mails the Township a physical check. The Tax Office is mandated by State statute to use the date the payment is received as the date of payment, not the date on the check. Please check your bank’s policy on delivery times to avoid late interest charges. Most banks recommend scheduling payment on or before the due date (the 1st) in order for payment to be received within the grace period.
The Office of the Collector is also responsible for the billing and collection of utility charges. These charges are billed annually and are due April 1, as directed by Township Ordinances. If a prior year’s utility charges remain unpaid by December 31, they are subject to the same tax sale law as for taxes.
Please note this bill is in addition to the quarterly CCMUA (Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority) each property receives. The Township bill is for maintenance of the sewer system within Voorhees and the CCMUA billing is for the waste treatment center.
Beginning in 2016 you will have the option to have your Annual Sewer Bill emailed to you. If you wish to receive your sewer bill in this manner, please send an email request to email@example.com
The 2017 Tax Sale was conducted on 6/21/17 through https://voorhees.newjerseytaxsale.com.
The 2015 Homestead Benefit applications will be sent from the NJ Division of Taxation to Camden County residents beginning 9/23/17. The filing deadline is 11/30/17. For more information click on this link: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/homestead/deliverydates.shtml
Frequently Asked Questions
I just bought a property in Voorhees, where is my tax and/or sewer bill?
Please contact our office when you make settlement. We can generate billing information for your records for any upcoming bills as our office only mails tax and sewer bills once a year based on the owner of record in our system at the time of billing.
When are taxes due?
Taxes are due on the first day of February, May, August and November.
Is there a grace period?
Yes, the Township allows 9 calendar days after the due date. If the tenth day falls on a Township holiday or weekend, the grace period is extended to the next business day. During August only, the grace period may be extended beyond the 10th of August if the bills are mailed late. You will be notified on the face of the tax bill of the last day to pay August taxes.
When will I receive a new tax bill?
Tax bills are mailed in July. Each bill contains four (4) tear off stubs for the 3rd and 4th quarters of the current year, and the 1st and 2nd quarters of the next year. Original bills are mailed to those who pay their own taxes, and to banks and mortgage companies. Property owners who pay their taxes through their mortgage company receive advice copies of the tax bill. This advice copy can be used to make tax payments if a mortgage has been paid off by the property owner. Please read both the front and back of the bill.
If improvements to the property have been completed prior of October 1 of the tax year, a second tax billing will be made to the owners of that property. The Assessor will notify you of the additional assessed value and what time period it covers. The amount of taxes due for November, February and May will be the sum of the two bills.
How are taxes computed?
The total tax levy to be collected is the sum of the local budget and the budgets of the Local and Regional School Boards, County, Fire District, Library, and Open Space programs. This figure is divided by the total assessments in the Township to produce the tax rate. That tax rate is then applied to individual assessments. The first half of your tax bill is estimated, and equal to one-half of the total prior year taxes. It is estimated because the rate cannot be computed until all budgets have been approved; that occurs in June. The second half tax bill is computed by applying the new tax rate to the current year assessment, then deducting the amount billed in the first half.
How can I pay my taxes?
Taxes can be paid with cash, personal or certified checks, and money orders. You may bring in your payment, use the drop box, or mail the payment. If you are using the drop box, be aware that the payment will not be considered received until the next business day. If you are mailing, please give at least 3-5 days to reach us. Postmarks are not accepted.
If you use your bank’s online payment feature, be aware that a check is cut and mailed to us by the bank. Give at least 7-10 days for this process.
Once the tax sale process has begun, only cash, certified checks, or money orders will be accepted.
If you require a receipt, please send the entire bill back with your payment, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Your bill will be receipted and returned to you.
Credit Card payments (and/or E-check) can be made online. To use this feature, click on this link official payments; enter the block, lot and qualifier or the account number, or your name or address. In the appropriate box (tax or utility) click on make payment, and follow the directions. A convenience fee will be assessed if you choose to use this payment option. You will be able to review the fee prior to making the payment.
(Please note we cannot take credit cards at our office nor can we take payments over the phone)
What is the interest rate on late payments?
NJSA 54:4-67 states that if payment is not received by the end of business hours on the 10th day of the grace period, interest is to be charged. Interest is 8% per annum on the first $1,500.00 of delinquency; balances in excess of $1,500.00 have an interest rate of 18% per annum. This 18% rate remains in place until the taxes are brought current. Interest is charged from the 1st of the month that the payment is due, or the date of last payment. In addition, if the total balance (tax and interest) exceeds $10,000.00 on December 31, a 6% penalty shall be added to the amount due the Township.
Under this statute, the collector must have physical possession of the payment; no postmarks are accepted. Also, any payment placed in the Township drop box is considered as received the next business day.
I don't have a tax bill - why am I charged interest?
NJSA 54:4-64 states that failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax due; it is the property owner’s responsibility to ascertain from the proper official (Tax Collector) the amount due. If you have recently purchased the property, or lost your bill, you should call the Tax Office to obtain the amount due, and request a copy of the bill.
I need to change my address or mortgage information - what should I do?
To change the mailing address of a property, a Change of Address Form must be completed and sent to the Tax Assessor’s Office. If you are escrowing for taxes with a mortgage company, we need an Initial Authorization form from the mortgage company. This form, when signed by you, authorizes us to send your tax bill to the mortgage company. If you have paid off your mortgage, and are now making payments directly to the Township, please contact our office as we do not always receive notices from the mortgage company to remove their bank code.
My taxes are too high - what can I do?
Taxes are determined by applying the Township tax rate to the assessed value of your property. Every property in the Township pays the same tax rate. Property values, however, are unique to each property. To lower your tax exposure, you need to lower the assessed value. In order to appeal, you must file by April 1, and taxes must be current through the first quarter of the year. The Office of the Tax Assessor can help you file your appeal. The Tax Assessor can be reached at (856) 429 – 7767.