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The Tax Assessor discovers, lists
the valuation of all properties within Hasbrouck Heights. Sales, income and cost data are
analyzed to determine the assessed value of each parcel included on the Tax List presented
to the Bergen 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.
The Tax Assessors Office is responsible for taxation in conformity with existing statues and regulations and prepares all assessment rolls as required by law. Exemptions and partial exemption such as qualified veterans or their widowed spouses, qualifying seniors citizens, houses of worship and certain schools are administered by this office. See list below.
Hasbrouck Heights property owners
who believe their assessments do not reflect market value may appeal the assessments
(taxes can not be appealed) each year prior to April 1st. Appeal applications
are available from the Bergen County Board of Taxation after February 1st
Saver Rebate: This property tax relief program was instituted in 1999. Residents who owned and paid taxes on a home used as their principal residence are eligible. There are no age or income requirements. This rebate is applied for via telephone by June 1th, directly with the NJ Division of Taxation. The local assessor's office has no involvement in mailing forms, calculating rebate amounts, or processing claims. Call 1-877-NJTAX72, toll free, for additional information on this program. The rebate amount is based on the effective school tax rate and varies by municipality.
Homestead Rebate: This program is administered by the NJ Division of Taxation through NJ income tax returns (Form HR-1040 and NJ-1040 if required). Homeowners and tenants who pay property taxes on their principal residence in New Jersey, either directly or through rent payments, and whose gross income does not exceed $100,000 (65 or older, or disabled) or $40,000 (all others) are eligible. The rebate range is from $30 to $500.
Property Tax Reimbursement: A program only for those 65 or older or those receiving federal disability benefits . They must have paid property taxes on their principal residence directly or through mobile home park fees. Applicants must be NJ residents for at least 10 years and must have lived in the residence on which the reimbursement is claimed for at least 3 years. There are income limitations. Applicants must meet all requirements for the base and reimbursement years. The reimbursement are equal to the difference between the taxes paid in the reimbursement year and the base year. This program is administered by the NJ Division of Taxation. Filing deadline is March 15th. Call 1-800-882-6597 for information or to request form PTR-1.
Property Tax Deduction/Credit: A taxable income deduction from annual income taxes is available to all homeowners and tenants for their principal residence and filed on the NJ income tax return, or on Form HR-1040, if not required to file an income tax return.
Senior Citizen's/Disabled Annual Property Tax Deduction: An annual $250 deduction for those 65 or older or permanently and totally disabled or qualifies as a surviving spouse of a senior citizen or disabled person with incomes less than $10,000 per year, excluding Social Security payments and other permitted exclusions. Applicants must own and reside in the home on which the deduction is claimed. The application forms are available in the Hasbrouck Heights Tax Assessor's office.
An annual deduction of $200 for 2002 ($250 in 2003) from property taxes is available to
qualified veterans or unremarried widows of veterans. Claimant must be a New Jersey
citizen prior to October 1st of pretax year. The application forms are available in
the Hasbrouck Heights Tax Assessor's office.
100 Percent Permanently
Disabled Veteran. Surviving Spouses
Added Assessments and Omitted Added Assessments
Home improvements increased
selling price and therefore the property tax assessment will increase.
If an Added Assessment Tax bill for work completed in the previous year, an "Omitted Added" Assessment bill is supplemented to an "Added Assessment" bill the year following the improvement.
Not scheduling a final inspection
for your building permit does not delay the added assessment tax bill.
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. A representative from
the assessor's office inspects the property (in its entirety) and 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.
Q. If I get a Building Permit, complete the work and do not call for a final inspection will an added assessment bill be sent?
A. The final inspection does not determine the date of assessment. The assessor values the property when it is "substantially ready for its intended use". This may be eariler that the date used for the Certificate of Occupancy or the date of a final inspection.
Q. What if the permit doesn't include all of the work? What if I don't take out a permit?
A. The assessor addresses all of the changes during the inspection and must value the entire property each time it is re-assessed.
Q. What if I don't take out a permit?
A. Not getting a permit does not prevent an assessment. Building inspections are necessary for safety, not a method for raising revenue for Hasbrouck Heights. If you had a fire without getting the proper permits and inspections, the insurance company might not pay for damage. If the assessor's office discovers an improvement, an assessment is made regardless of whether there was a permit or not. The assessor will then assume that the work was done within the past two years and issue assessments for both the current and the past year.
Q. What if I disagree with the value on the bill?
A. You are obligated to pay the
bill in full, whether or not you agree to the assessment. You have until December 1 to
appeal the added assessment. After that date, no one will be able to appeal the added
assessment, even the assessor. You do not have to meet with the assessor prior to filing
an appeal. 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 an unexpected Added Assessment bill for work performed by the prior owner, request that your attorney order a "Municipal Tax Search" from the Hasbrouck Heights Municipal Clerk. The cost is $10 andis generally provided within 2 to 4 days. This search provides a listing of any unpaid tax payments, open building or plumbing permits, and any potential Added and/or Omitted Added tax assessments.
Before selling a home, contact the Construction Office to ensure all construction permits are completed and final inspections have been performed before a scheduled closing.
If permits and/or Certification of Occupancy have not been obtained, or an Added Assessment or Omitted Assessment is pending, your attorney should address the issue of potential fines or assessments in the closing documents.
You should be aware of any tax appeal or other litigation pending for the property. Purchasers of commercial properties should inquire if 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.