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Tax Collectors Office
(856) 779-9610 x 156
(856) 779-1059 Fax

Tax Collector
Christine Taylor
(856) 779-9610 x158

Deputy Tax Collector

(856) 779-9610 x154

Tax Clerk / Utility Billing Clerk
Jayne Eastwick
(856) 779-9610 x150

Cashier
Claudine Lanutti
(856) 779-9610 x153

Water and sewer non-billing questions contact
(856) 488-7450 (Woodard and Curran)

Overview

The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing, collection, reporting, and enforcement of municipal taxes and other municipal charges for the Township of Maple Shade. Tax bills are mailed out annually.

PROPERTY TAXES ARE DUE:
FEBRUARY 1ST
MAY 1ST
AUGUST 1ST
NOVEMBER 1ST

Failure to receive a tax bill DOES NOT exempt you from paying taxes or the interest due on delinquent taxes. The Township of Maple Shade 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 a legal holiday, you will have until the next business day to make payment. Payments may be made by cash, check or money order.

ASSESSMENTS
The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of taxes. The Tax Assessor is responsible for establishing the taxable value of your property. Any questions regarding the assessed value of your property should be directed to the Tax Assessor’s Office at 856-779-9610 ext 164.

DUE DATES AND INTEREST
Interest charged on unpaid taxes remaining unpaid by the end of the grace period are subject to interest at a rate of 8% per year for delinquencies up to $1,500 and 18% for delinquencies over $1,500. Please be advised that once a delinquency reaches the 18% threshold, the account must be paid current before the interest rate reverts back to 8%. Note that if taxes are not paid by the end of the grace period, interest is charged back to 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 year delinquency together with the accrued interest totaling in excess of $10,000 is subject to an additional 6% year end penalty if current taxes are not paid by December 31st of any given year.

TAX SALE
The Tax Collector is required by state statute to hold an annual tax sale each year for the prior year’s unpaid municipal charges. Municipal charges include, but are not limited to, taxes, water, sewer, and maintenance liens. Your property IS NOT SOLD at the tax sale; a lien is placed on your property. The lien holder pays the debt owed to the municipality by the assessed owner of the property. The tax sale certificate that is issued is the detailed receipt of what the lien holder purchased at the tax sale. If a lien is sold to an outside entity and is not paid within two years of the date of the tax sale, that entity may start foreclosure proceedings. Lien holders record the liens at the Burlington County Clerk’s Office to ensure redemption of the lien if the property is sold. Once a lien is placed on a property, the lien holder has the right by state statute to pay any municipal charges that are billed to the property once they become delinquent, consequently, that amount paid by the lien holder is then added to the lien.

Most liens are sold to outside entities but on occasion, the municipality retains the lien. If a lien is held by Maple Shade Township, they may begin foreclosure proceedings six months from the date of the tax sale.

Liens MUST be redeemed in full with CERTIFIED funds through the Tax Collector’s Office. Assessed owners of a property are ultimately responsible for the municipal charges even if you are escrowing through a mortgage company. However, the mortgage company has every right to pay any tax or other municipal charges at any time as they have an interest in the property.

Clear title cannot be issued for a property with a recorded lien attached to it.

PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTIONS

Senior Citizen Annual Property Tax Deduction:
Annual deduction of $250.00 from property taxes for homeowners age 65 or older who have been in their home since October 1st of the pre-tax year, and whose income is less than $10,000/year, after a permitted exclusion of one of the following:

  • Social Security Benefits
  • Federal Government Retirement/Disability Pension State, County
  • Municipal Government Pension

Every Senior Citizen who qualifies for the deduction will receive a PD5 form from the Tax Collector’s Office annually (in February) which needs to be filled out and returned to the Tax Office on or before MARCH 1ST to retain your deduction once it has been approved.

Disabled Person Annual Property Tax Deduction:​
Annual deduction of $250.00 from property taxes for homeowners age 55 or older who have been in their home since October 1st of the pre-tax year, and whose income is less than $10,000/year, after a permitted exclusion of one of the following provided they meet the qualifications of totally disabled person:

  • Social Security Benefits
  • Federal Government Retirement/Disability Pension State, County
  • Municipal Government Pension

Every Disabled Person who qualifies for the deduction will receive a PD5 form from the Tax Collector’s Office annually (in February) which needs to be filled out and returned to the Tax Office on or before MARCH 1ST to retain your deduction once it has been approved.

Veterans/Widow of a Veteran
Annual deduction of $250.00 from property taxes for qualified war veterans and their unmarried surviving spouses who have been in their home as of October 1st of the pre-tax year.

In order to received any of the above deductions you MUST APPLY.

Must submit an Income Statement form
when applying for a Senior Citizen
Deduction or a Disabled Person Deduction.

In order to received the deduction or exemption you MUST APPLY. Please read and fill in the application of the deduction completely.

Please read and fill in the application of the deduction completely and return to the Tax Assessor’s Office.

Property Tax Relief Programs

Or call the Homestead Benefit Hotline at 1-888-238-1233
(within NJ, NY, PA, DE, and MD)

  • Get program information
  • Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., except State holidays

Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement)
Information Line – 1-800-882-6597 (within NJ, NY, PA, DE, and MD)

  • Inquire about the status of your reimbursement check
  • Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., except State holidays

Name and Address Changes

The Tax Assessor’s Office is responsible for records of ownership. All name and address changes for tax records MUST be made through their office. The Burlington County Clerk’s Office forwards new deed information to the Tax Assessor’s Office on a regular basis. The Tax Collector’s Office updates property information through the Tax Assessor’s Office.

The “Change of Address” form for taxes may be found on the Tax Assessor’s page.

Any changes to utility accounts may be made through the Tax Collector’s office.

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION

PRIMARY ELECTION INFORMATION

REDEVELOPMENT – USE ROUTE 73

JULY 4th TRASH COLLECTION SCHEDULE:

There will be NO CHANGES in the Trash Collection for the July 4th Holiday.

Estimated Tax Bills Have Been Sent To Residents

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Burlington County Board of Taxation has been unable to certify a new tax rate by the statutory mailing date.  As required by law, Town Council passed Resolution #2020-R-84 directing the Tax Collector to prepare, complete and mail estimated and reconciled tax bills in accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:4-66.3. 

Your 3rd Quarter tax bill is an estimated bill based on the adopted budgets of the county, municipality and school district. A reconciled bill will then be mailed on September 30th, 2020; the 4th quarter tax bill will include final tax rates certified by the County Tax Board and will result in the correct payment by deducting the payments made in previous installments. 

UPDATED GRASS CLIPPINGS/YARD DEBRIS COLLECTION INFORMATION:

PLEASE DO NOT PLACE GRASS CLIPPINGS AND/OR YARD DEBRIS IN ANY TRASH CANS OR TOTES!

BURLINGTON COUNTY COVID TESTING INFORMATION

TOWNSHIP STATEMENT – 4th of JULY EVENTS – 05/18/2020

RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS: WHAT TENANTS NEED TO KNOW IN LIGHT OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 106

MORTGAGE RELIEF & RESIDENTIAL FORECLOSURES FAQ’S

STATE CREATES NEW UNEMPLOYMENT PORTAL FOR QUESTIONS

Effective Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 and in exercising an abundance of caution, the Township of Maple Shade Municipal Building will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until further notice. Municipal Staff will continue to be working, however will only be available by telephone at (856) 779-9610 or email during regular business hours 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday to Friday.

The Township remains vigilant in keeping our residents and employees safe and healthy. Residents are encouraged to keep themselves informed by visiting the official township webpage or subscribing to Nixle for alerts. You can register for Nixle message at https://www.nixle.com/.

TOWNSHIP AUTHORIZES TAX BILL GRACE PERIOD

NJ JOBS PORTAL

JOBS AFFECTED BY COVID-19?  See info at NJ Department of Labor

APPLY TO NJ FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

BURLINGTON COUNTY PRESS RELEASE – Small Business Loan Program

SOLID WASTE COLLECTION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

(updated May 11, 2020)

GRASS CLIPPINGS/YARD DEBRIS COLLECTION:

PLEASE DO NOT PLACE GRASS CLIPPINGS AND/OR YARD DEBRIS IN ANY TRASH CANS OR TOTES!

At this time, Solid Waste Collection will remain on its normal collection schedule; however, the following restrictions are being enforced:

Mattresses and box spring should be placed in mattress/box spring bags which are available online or at home improvement stores.

All fabric items such as, but not limited to, couches, chairs, love seats, etc. MUST be wrapped in plastic.

All wood furniture such as, but not limited to, tables, chairs, scrap wood pieces should also be wrapped in plastic.

All solid waste MUST be contained in trash bags.

Please be sure all trash bags are tied securely.

Trash that is loose at the curb or loose in trash receptacle will NOT be collected.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Working together as to not increase the risk of exposure to anyone is our highest priority at this time.

For Disability Assistance Call
856-779-9610, Ext 113