Tax Collection Information
The Township of Verona Tax and Finance Department oversees tax assessments, tax billing, sewer billing, and water billing. Any questions regarding tax bills or payments should be directed to the Verona Tax Collector, located in Town Hall at 600 Bloomfield Avenue, at (973) 857-4777.
*The Finance office will no longer be accepting postdated checks for Taxes and Utility payments. We are processing payments the date they are received.
- Questions concerning your property assessments, tax appeals, and veteran and senior citizen deduction applications should be addressed to the Verona Tax Assessor, located in the Verona Community Center at 880 Bloomfield Avenue, at (973) 857-4837.
Preliminary & Final Taxes
- The first half taxes (Preliminary) of any year are based on 1/2 of the previous years' taxes. When the bill for the second half taxes (Final) is rendered, the tax rate has been established and the total years' tax fixed. The estimated (Preliminary) amount is deducted and the remainder becomes your second half taxes. N.J.S.A. 54:5-64.
- Verona property tax bills are due and payable quarterly on the first day of February, May, August and November. The Township does grant a 10-day grace period. If the 10th falls on a weekend or legal holiday, make payment on next business day. Please note that the State of NJ does not permit postmarks. Taxes must be received in our office on or before the 10th. All payments may be made by cash, check or money orders. You may bring in your payment, or mail the payment. There is also a drop box available in both vestibules at Town Hall for after-hours drop-offs only. Bank checks for lien redemptions are required. For those making payments online through their banks, please allow 7-10 days for this process so that we receive the payments before the grace period ends. Tax bills are mailed out once or twice a year, normally in June, and if a second billing is required, again in September. If you have a mortgage, your tax bill is mailed directly to your bank and an advice copy is mailed to you – the homeowner.
- Remittances requiring a receipt must be accompanied by the entire tax bill with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Otherwise, detach the appropriate stub and mail with your check, the cancelled check will be your receipt.
- Tax Sale occurs annually and includes any unpaid municipal charges for the prior year.
- Tax Sale will be held on December 4, 2014 at 10:00am. It will be advertised in the Verona Cedar Grove Times four times prior to the Tax Sale. There is no pre-registration necessary for our Tax Sale.
- The Office of the Tax Collector is also responsible for the billing and collection of utility charges. These charges are billed quarterly, as directed by the Township Ordinances. If utility charges remain unpaid by the close of the prior year, they are subject to the same laws as for taxes.
- Township of Verona sewer bills are billed and mailed quarterly – as with water bills, one-third of Verona is read each month. For further information, call Verona Sewer Billing at (973) 857-4798.
- Township of Verona water bills are billed and mailed quarterly – one-third of Verona is read each month. All Verona water meters are read with the assistance of a remote reading system to provide actual consumption figures for accurate water billing. There is a minimum charge for all residents connected to the Township of Verona water supply. Bills are due and payable within 30 days of the billing date.
- If you are moving, you must first obtain a final water meter reading. To schedule a final reading or make an inquiry regarding your bill, please call the Verona Public Works Department at (973) 857-4804.
- You may be eligible for a tax deduction off of your tax bill.
- The State of NJ offers 2 deductions at the local level; one for seniors/disabled person/surviving spouse and one for veteran/widow of veterans. Each deduction reduces taxes by $250.00 per year. There is also an exemption for disabled veterans; where the disability was caused by their service in the Armed Forces.
- Please contact the Tax Assessor at (973) 857-4837.
Property Tax Relief Programs
- All property tax relief program information provided here is based on current law and is subject to change.
State of NJ Homestead Benefit Credit
- The filing deadline for 2012 Homestead Benefit A applications was January 31, 2014. Eligibility requirements and benefit amounts for 2012 will not be finalized until the completion of the State Budget for FY 2015, which must be adopted by July 1, 2014. The 2012 Homestead Benefit Credit has not been applied to 3rd Quarter 2014 Taxes. If you have any questions please contact the State of NJ directly at 1-888-238-1233 or go to their website http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/homestead/geninf.shtml. Homestead benefits for 2012 are expected to be applied to May 2015 property tax bills.
Property Tax Reimbursement Program (Senior & Disabled Persons Freeze)
- Eligibility requirement, including income limits, and benefits available under this program are subject to change by the State Budget. Deadline for Filing the 2013 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) Application has been extended to September 15, 2014
- Contact Information:
- To Ask questions: 1-800-882-6597 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays)
- To listen to information or to order an application: 1-800-323-4400
- In-person assistance at Taxation Regional Offices (8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri, except holidays) www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ot1.shtml
- Online information: www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ptr/buffer.shtml
- Text Telephone Service (TTY/TDD) for Hard-of Hearing Users: 1-800-286-6613 or 609-984-7300
- Taxation email address for Senior Freeze and general questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. The 18% rate remains in place until the taxes are brought current. Interest is charged from the 1st of the month that 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 to the Township.
- Under this statue, the collector must have physical possession of the payment; no postmarks accepted.
I don't have a tax bill- why am I being 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 Collectors Office to obtain the amount due, and request a copy of the bill.