General Information
Phone Numbers
609.844.7041
Fax: 609.620.0081
Emergencies: Dial 911
Location
2207 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrence Township,
NJ
08648

Hours
Office Hours M - F
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Tax Collector

CALL 609-844-7041 FOR ALL QUESTIONS REGARDING PROPERTY TAXES AND SEWER BILLS.

Tax bills will be mailed the first week in August.  The due date for the 3rd quarter taxes has been extended to September 7, 2021, with no further grace period.

The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing and collection of all funds raised by taxation or assessed to property owners for county, school, and municipal purposes. The office also is responsible for the billing and collection of sewer user fees.

PREPAYMENT OF TAXES - The Lawrence Township Tax Collector Office accepts pre-payment of property taxes. For those residents who are making any pre-payments on their taxes, our office requires that you specifically provide us with exactly what the pre-payment should be applied to. You should complete this form and include it with your tax payment. If you have questions call (609) 844-7041.

Tax Due Dates

  • August 1
  • November 1
  • February 1
  • May 1

There is a 10 day grace period from each of the above dates after which interest is charged at the rates of 8% for balances of less than $1,500.00 and 18% for balances in excess of $1,500.00, charged from the original due date.

Sewer Due Dates: April 15 and October 15

Annual Tax Sale: During the last quarter of the year.

Payments: By mail, send check with appropriate payment stub. Canceled check will be your receipt. In-person, bring the entire bill. Bill will be receipted and returned.

2020 Tax Rate $2.902 per $100 of Assessed valuation:

Municipal Rate

$0.597

Municipal Open Space

$0.030

County Rate (includes Library and Open Space)

$0.704

School Rate

$1.571

Tax Bills

Tax bills are mailed once a year during the summer.  The bill you receive has the third and fourth quarters of the current year and the first and second quarters of the following year.  Due dates for each quarter are printed on the bill, February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.  There is a 10 grace period and payments must be received in the Tax Collector’s office by the close of business day on the 10th in order to avoid interest charges unless the grace period is extended by a Resolution adopted by Council in accordance with New Jersey State Law.  If the 10th falls on a weekend or a holiday, payment is accepted on the next business day without penalty.  Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt a property owner from interest on delinquent taxes. (NJSA 54:5-64) If the owner of a property receives an “Advice Only” copy of the Tax Bill and does not have a 3rd party escrowing tax payments then they are responsible for the payments listed on the bill to be paid when due and should notify the Tax Collector’s office immediately. The State of New Jersey does not permit postmark. See what your rights are by viewing the NJ Property Taxpayer's Bill of Rights.

Receipts

The entire bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope must accompany remittances requiring a receipt.  Otherwise, it is acceptable to detach the appropriate stub to mail along with your check, and the canceled check will serve as your receipt.  The same process is required for receipts in person. 

Interest

Interest of 8% per annum will be charged on the amount up to 1500.00 and 18% per annum on amount over 1500.00 until the amount is made current.  A penalty of 6% may be charged on any delinquency in excess of 10,000 if not paid by the end of the year (December 31).

Deductions

Please contact the Tax Assessor for information regarding Veteran or Widow of a Veteran deductions and for Senior, Disabled or Surviving Spouse

Homestead Rebate

To ask questions  1-800-238-1233 or visit the Division of Taxation.

Property Tax Reimbursement or PTR / Senior Freeze

To ask questions  1-800-882-6597  or visit the Division of Taxation.                                           

Sewer Bills

Sewer Bills are due twice a year, April 15th and October 15th with a 10 grace period.  All users shall be charged based on water consumed on the premises by a meter or meters in accordance with the following;  a fixed charge per unit plus metered consumption or residential unmetered consumption or commercial unmetered consumption.  Billing is not affected by a change in ownership or residency.  Forms of payment are the same as for tax payments.                                                                                  

Irrigation Meters:  If a property owner wishes to have outside usage credited against his/her total overall usage, they may purchase and have installed at their own expense an irrigation meter.  They MUST obtain a free permit through code enforcement and must pass inspection for this consideration.

Well Meters:  If a property owner with a well wishes to be charged at the metered consumption rate instead of the unmetered consumption rate, they may purchase and install at their own expense, a meter for their well line.  They MUST obtain a free permit through code enforcement and must pass inspection for this consideration.

Payments

Currently, the Tax Collector’s office accepts cash, check, or money order for payment.  Online payment using Visa/Mastercard or ACH is available here.  There are fees associated with payments made on the website. Make checks payable to Lawrence Township.  If you are paying through your own personal online bill pay, please be aware it often takes 7 days for your bank to mail the check to us and you should take the due date into consideration before setting up your payment.  Please include your Block and Lot number as well as the Qualifier (condos, some townhouses, or commercial units) on your check or the property location.  Failure to do so may prevent the processing of your payment.

Address for payment:   Lawrence Township Tax Collector
                                     2207 Lawrence Road OR PO Box 6006
                                     Lawrence Twp., NJ 08648

Tax Sale Information

New Jersey Law requires all municipalities to hold at least one tax sale per year if the municipality has delinquent property taxes and/or municipal charges. 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). Tax Sale is normally held in the last quarter of the year.

Municipal charges include but are not limited to, Taxes, Sewer, Added/Omitted assessments, Special assessment charges, and Violations (Health, Code, or Construction)