The Assessor is responsible for discovering, listing and the valuation of all properties within the municipality. Sales, income, and cost data are analyzed in order to determine the assessed value of each parcel included on the Tax List presented to the Atlantic County Board of Taxation each January. This Tax List also includes a directory for parcel identification, information concerning exempt properties, tax data and a schedule of all tax ratables within the municipality.
All appeals must be filed with the Atlantic County Board of Taxation by April 1 of each year, except those properties with an assessed value in excess of $750,000, which may be filed directly to the Tax Court in Trenton. Petitions of appeal with instructions may be obtained at the county office located at Atlantic County Board of Taxation, Historic Court House, 5909 Main Street 2nd Floor Mays Landing NJ 08330 or by calling (609) 645-5820 after receipt of your postcard notification in February.
There are several tax deductions available to qualifying residents. These include:
- State of New Jersey Local Property Tax Forms
- Disabled veterans exemption
- Veteran deduction
- Un-remarried widow of veteran deduction
- Un-remarried widow of disabled veteran exemption
- Senior citizen deduction
- Surviving Spouse (55 years or older) of existing senior citizen deduction
- Disabled person deduction
Please see below for qualifying information or contact the Assessor's office.
Senior citizens and disabled persons wishing to apply for a $250 deduction in taxes may contact the Assessor's Office for an application. Limitations for income and residency apply.
In order to qualify for the $250 senior citizens deduction you must:
- Have a combined income of $10,000 or less, excluding Social Security
- Be 65 years or over
- Own property in Galloway Township as of October 1 of the pre-tax year
- Be a full-time (legal) resident of Galloway Township
Veterans, who were honorably discharged and actively served during the following wars may apply for a $250 deduction.
** Operation Northern/Southern Watch - August 27, 1992 - March 17, 2003
**Operation Iraqi Freedom - March 19, 2003 - Ongoing
**Operation Enduring Freedom - September 11, 2001 - Ongoing
** "Joint Endeavor/Joint Guard" - Bosnia & Herzegovina - November 20, 1995 - June 20, 1998
**"Restore Hope" Mission - Somalia - December 5, 1992 - March 31, 1994
**Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm Mission - August 2, 1990 - February 28, 1991
** Panama Peacekeeping Mission - December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990
**Grenada Peacekeeping Mission - October 23, 1983 - November 21, 1983
**I. Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission - September 26, 1982 - December 1, 1987
Vietnam Conflict - December 31, 1960 - May 7, 1975
** Lebanon Crisis of 1958 - July 1, 1958 - November 1, 1958
Korean Conflict - June 23, 1950 - January 31, 1955
World War II - September 16, 1940 - December 31, 1946
World War I - April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
**NOTE - Peacekeeping Missions require a minimum of 14 days service in the actual combat zone except where service-incurred injury or disability occurs in the combat zone, then actual time served, though less than 14 days, is sufficient for purposes of property tax exemption or deduction. The 14 day requirement for Bosnia and Herzegovina may be met by service in one or both operations for 14 days continuously or in aggregate. For Bosnia and Herzegovina combat zone also includes the airspace above those nations.
In order to qualify for the $250 Veteran deduction you must:
- Own property in Galloway Township as of October 1 of the pre-tax year
- Be honorably discharged from active service and have dd-214 papers along with discharge papers
- Have served in one of the conflicts listed above
New construction, structural additions and improvements completed after October 1 are valued and taxed under the Added Assessment Law. This way property which becomes assessable after October 1 does not avoid its fair share of the tax burden for the rest of the year. A new structure, or an addition to or alteration of an old structure, completed after January 1 and before October 1, is valued as of the first day of the month following completion. If the value when completed is greater than the assessed value placed on the structure on October 1 of the pretax year (partial assessment based on the value present at that time), an added assessment based on the difference must be made. The added assessment is prorated on the number of full months remaining in the tax year. Tax exempt properties which lose their exempt status are also subject to the Added Assessment Law. Added Assessments are payable on November 1 and become delinquent if not timely paid.
Additional assessments which, through error, were not made at the proper time may be placed on the tax rolls through the Omitted Assessment Laws. An omitted assessment can be made for the current year of discovery and one prior year. The Omitted Assessment Laws provide that in any year or in the next succeeding year, the county board of taxation or the municipal tax assessor respectively may, in accordance with the provisions of this act, assess any taxable property omitted from the tax rolls for the particular year. Omitted assessments are payable on November 1 and become delinquent if not timely paid.
Taxpayers who disagree with their property’s assessment have the right to appeal to their county tax board (or directly with the State Tax Court if the property is assessed for more than $1,000,000) on or before April 1 or 45 days from the date the Assessment Notifications are mailed by the taxing district, whichever is later; or May 1st where a municipal-wide revaluation or municipal-wide reassessment has been implemented (December 1 for added and omitted assessments.) The required appeal forms may be obtained from the County Board of Taxation.
If you did not receive an Added Assessment Tax bill for work completed in the previous year, you will receive an "Omitted Added" Assessment bill in addition to an "Added Assessment" bill the year following the improvement.
Please note, not scheduling a final inspection for your building permit does not delay the added assessment tax bill.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s)
Q. When I obtain a Building Permit to improve my property (examples: siding, kitchen or bathroom renovation, construction of a family room or bedroom dormer) when and how will my property assessment be increased?
A. After a representative from the assessor's office inspects the property (in its entirety), the property is assessed at the current market value (as of October 1). The added assessment is the amount of the difference between the old assessment and the value of the entire property at the end of the project, not the amenity itself or cost of the job. The property must be valued from scratch. The result is adjusted to the same valuation date as the date of the last town wide revaluation so that everyone has the same base year for assessment. The assessment is calculated as of October 1 and prorated for the months that it was complete. The completion date is determined by the Assessor according to "readiness for intended use" and not by the date of the final inspection. In cases where it was completed during the prior year, an omitted added assessment bill will also be received. All bills are sent out by the Tax Collector by October 25 and due payable, in full, on the following November 1. The dates for added and omitted added assessments, as well as the time frame in which the bills are mailed out and due payable, are mandated by the State of New Jersey.
Q. Is it true that if I get a Building Permit and the work is complete and I do not call the Building Department office for a final inspection, I will not receive an added assessment bill?
A. No. The final inspection by the building department does not determine the date of assessment. The assessor must value the property when that property is "substantially ready for its intended use", which is determined by the assessor and may pre-date the date used for the Certificate of Occupancy or the date of a final inspection.
Q. What if the permit does not list everything I have done on it or what if I do not take out a permit to begin with?
A. In cases where the permit does not include everything you have done, for instance you had a siding permit and you finished the basement when the work was being done, the assessor must address all of the changes during the inspection. The assessor must value the entire property each time it is re-assessed.
Not getting a permit for work done in your home does not prevent an assessment. It is also unwise to have work done without a permit for two reasons 1) building inspections are necessary for safety, not a method for raising revenue for the Township. If your house had a fire and sustained damage, and you did not get the proper permits and inspections, your insurance company might not reimburse you for damage, and 2) if the assessor's office discovers that you have done something to improve your property value, an assessment is made regardless of whether there was a permit or not. The assessor will then have to assume that the work had been done within the past two years and issue assessments for both the current and the past year.
Q. What if I do not agree with the value on the bill?
A. When you get the bill, you are obligated to pay it in full, regardless of whether or not you agree to the assessment figure on the bill. You then have until December 1 of that year to appeal the added assessment. After that date, no one will be able to appeal the added assessment, even the assessor. Please note that you do not have to speak to, or meet with, the assessor prior to filing an appeal. Additionally, your taxes must be paid in full or the case will not be heard in court.
Caution When Buying or Selling Home
In order to avoid purchasing a home and later receiving a surprise or unexpected Added Assessment bill for work performed by the prior owner with or without the proper construction permits. Request that your attorney order a "Municipal Tax Search" from the Galloway Township Tax Collector. The cost is $10 and it is routinely provided within 5-10 days of receipt of the request. This search will provide a listing of any unpaid tax payments, unpaid sewer payments, open building or plumbing permits, and any potential Added and/or Omitted Added tax assessments. This will make you aware of a pending tax increase due to an improvement performed by the prior owner.
Any person selling a home should contact the Construction Office in the lower level of Town Hall to ensure all construction permits are completed, and final inspections performed sufficiently before a scheduled home closing. The phone number is (609)652-3700 ext. 241.
If it is discovered that permits and/or Certification of Occupancy have not been obtained, or that there may be an Added Assessment or Omitted Assessment pending, it is suggested that you ask your attorney to address the issue of potential fines or assessments in your closing documents.
Additionally, you should be aware of any tax appeal or other litigation pending for the property. Purchasers of commercial properties should inquire as to whether or not the current owner has complied with the filing requirements for Chapter 91 (Income and Expense) statements. Non-compliance may preclude the purchasers from the appeal process.