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Borough of Lavellette

Tax Collector

Tax Assessor
Tax Assessor

Lavallette Borough Hall Directions
1306 Grand Central Avenue
Lavallette, NJ 08735
Scott M. Pezarras, Tax Assessor

Office Hours: Thursday 6:00pm to 8:00pm
732-793-7477 Ext 617       Fax 732-830-8248
732-250-8008

Assessor - Trailer 1 Administration Trailer, 125 Washington Ave
Lavallette Fire House Parking Lot

Located on the 1st floor of the Municipal Building
1306 Grand Central Avenue (Route 35 North) and Brooklyn Avenue.


 

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Taxpayers may file an appeal if they want to dispute the assessed value of their property. Appeals must be filed by April 1st of the current year with the County Board of Taxation. Appeals for added or omitted assessments must be filed by December 1st of the current year. Appeal forms and information is available from The Ocean County Board of Taxation, Ocean County Courthouse, located at the corner of Washington Street and Hooper Avenue in Toms River. You may call the office of the Board of Taxation at 732-929-2008.

Files linked from the Ocean County Tax Board
Income and Expense StatementExternal Link Pdf File
Tax Appeal FormExternal Link Pdf File
Instructions for Preparing a Tax AppealExternal Link Pdf File
Important RemindersExternal Link Pdf File
Property Tax Appeal Guidelines StatementExternal Link Pdf File
Solicitation of Tax AppealsExternal Link Pdf File

 

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For deed copies and online tax records visit

The Office of the Ocean County Clerk.
External Link
Phone: 732-929-2018

For online Tax Information and appeals Please Visit
www.tax.co.ocean.nj.usExternal Link

Property Tax Reimbursement (Tax Freeze)
Information Provided Through The State of New Jersey FormsExternal Link

 

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Senior Citizen, Disabled Person or Surviving Spouse

Veteran or Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner of Veteran or Serviceperson

 

 

Senior Citizen, Disabled Person or Surviving Spouse

Download: Form P.T.D.- Property Tax Deduction Claim
(Senior Citizen, Disabled Person or Surviving Spouse) Pdf File

Download: Statement of Income (Must be filed with Form P.T.D.) Pdf File

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

APPLICATION FILING PERIOD - File this form with the municipal tax assessor from October 1 through December 31 of the pretax year, i.e., the year prior to the calendar tax year or with the municipal tax collector from January 1 through December 31 of the calendar tax year. For example, for a property tax deduction claimed for calendar tax year 2010, the pretax year filing period would be October 1 - December 31, 2009 with the assessor and the tax year filing period would be January 1 - December 31, 2010 with the collector.

ELIGIBILITY DATES - Eligibility for the property tax deduction is established prior to the calendar tax year for which the deduction is claimed as follows:

  • - New Jersey Citizenship as of October 1 pretax year
  • - Property Ownership as of October 1 pretax year
  • - Residence in New Jersey and in Dwelling House as of October 1 pretax year and
  • - Residence in New Jersey for 1 year immediately prior to October 1 pretax year
  • - Senior Citizen Age 65 or more as of December 31 pretax year
  • - Permanent and Total Disability as of December 31 pretax year
  • - Surviving Spouse Age 55 or more as of December 31 pretax year and at the time of spouse's death

CITIZEN & RESIDENT DEFINED - United States Citizenship is not required. Resident for purposes of this deduction means a claimant who was legally domiciled in New Jersey for one year immediately prior to October 1 of the pretax year. Domicile is the place you regard as your permanent home - the place you intend to return to after a period of absence. You may have only one legal domicile even though you may have more than one residence. Seasonal or temporary residence in this State, of whatever duration, does not constitute domicile. Absence from the State for a 12 month period is prima facie evidence of abandonment of domicile.

RESIDENCE IN DWELLING HOUSE DEFINED - Residence in the dwelling house means the dwelling where a claimant makes his principal or permanent home. Vacation, summer or second homes do not qualify. Only one deduction may be received per principal residence regardless of the number of qualified claimants residing on the premises.

TENANCY BY ENTIRETY DEFINED - Tenancy by Entirety means ownership of real property by both husband and wife, as a single ownership, in joint title acquired after marriage.

INCOME DEFINED & LIMITED-
a.) The income period is the same tax year as the tax year for which a deduction is claimed.

b.) A claimant must reasonably anticipate that income received during the tax year, including income of the claimant's spouse, will not exceed $10,000. Income of claimant's family members, other than spouse, should not be included as annual income.

c.) Income means all income received from whatever source derived including, but not limited to, salaries, wages, bonuses, commissions, tips, and other compensations before payroll deductions, all dividends, interest, realized capital gains, royalties, income from rents, business income, and in their entirety, pension, annuity and retirement benefits. Realized capital gains, except for capital gain from the sale or exchange of real property owned and used by the claimant as his principal residence, dividends, interest, pensions, annuities and retirement benefits must be included in full without deductions even though they may be wholly or partially exempt for Federal income tax purposes.

EXCLUDABLE INCOME** Income can be excluded under ONE of the following three categories:

Social Security Benefits or Federal Government Retirement/Disability Pension including Federal Railroad Retirement Benefits or State, County, Municipal Government and their political subdivisions and agencies Retirement/Disability Pension.

DOCUMENTARY PROOFS REQUIRED - Each assessor and collector may require such proofs necessary to establish claimant's deduction entitlement and photocopies of any documents should be attached to this form as part of application record.

  • AGE - Birth certificate, baptismal record, family Bible, census record, marriage certificate, court record, Social Security record, military record or discharge, immigration document, insurance policy.

    DISABILITY
    - Physician's certificate, Social Security document, New Jersey Commission for Blind certificate.

  • SURVIVING SPOUSE - Death certificate of decedent.

  • OWNERSHIP - Deed, executory contract for property purchase, last will and testament.

  • RESIDENCY - New Jersey driver's license, motor vehicle registration, voter's registration.

ANNUAL POST-TAX YEAR INCOME STATEMENT REQUIRED - On or before March 1 of the year immediately following the tax year for which deduction was claimed or received, a claimant must file a Post-Tax Year Income Statement, Form PD5, confirming that annual income for the tax year did not exceed the $10,000 limit and that anticipated annual income for the current year will not exceed that limit and that all other eligibility prerequisites continue to be met. For example, the Post-Tax Year Income Statement filed by March 1, 2008 supports the claim for deduction for tax year 2007 by confirming 2007 income. Anticipated income would refer to income received in tax year 2008 for the 2008 deduction. IF THIS INCOME STATEMENT IS NOT TIMELY FILED, DEDUCTION WILL BE DISALLOWED AND CLAIMANT WILL BE BILLED FOR THE AMOUNT.

APPEALS - A claimant may appeal any unfavorable determination by the assessor or collector to the County Board of Taxation annually on or before April 1.

 

 

 

Veteran or Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner of Veteran or Serviceperson

Download: Form V.S.S. - Property Tax Deduction Claim
(Veteran or Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner of Veteran or Serviceperson) Pdf File

Download: Supplemental V.S.S. - Supplemental Form for Peace Keeping Missions Pdf File

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

APPLICATION FILING PERIOD - File this claim with the municipal tax assessor from October 1 through December 31 of the pretax year, i.e., the year prior to the calendar tax year or with the municipal tax collector from January 1 through December 31 of the calendar tax year. For example, for a property tax deduction claimed for calendar tax year 2010, the pretax year filing period would be October 1 - December 31, 2009 with the assessor and the tax year filing period would be January 1 - December 31, 2010 with the collector.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS - All requirements for deduction must be met as of October 1 of the pretax year, i.e., the year prior to the calendar tax year for which the deduction is claimed.

  •  Veteran Claimant as of October 1 pretax year must:
  1. Have had active wartime service in United States Armed Forces and been honorably discharged;
  2. Own the property, wholly or in part, or hold legal title to the property for which deduction is claimed;
  3. Be a citizen and legal or domiciliary resident of New Jersey.
  •  Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner Claimant as of October 1 pretax year must:
  1. Document that the deceased veteran or serviceperson was a citizen and resident of New Jersey at death who had active wartime service in the United States Armed Forces and who was honorably discharged or who died on active wartime duty;
  2. Not have remarried/formed a new registered domestic partnership;
  3. Be a legal or domiciliary resident of New Jersey;
  4. Own the property, wholly or in part, or hold legal title to the property for which deduction is claimed.

NOTE **Claimants must inform the assessor of any change in status which may affect their continued entitlement to the deduction.

VETERAN DEFINED - means any New Jersey citizen and resident honorably discharged from active wartime service in the United States Armed Forces. Current statute does not provide for deduction for military personnel still in active service who have not been discharged.

For assistance in documenting veterans' status, contact the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at (609) 530-6958 or (609) 530-6854. The United States Veterans Administration may be contacted at 1-800-827-1000.

ACTIVE SERVICE TIME OF WAR DEFINED - means military service during one or more of the specific periods listed under #5 on front of this VSS Claim. Active duty for training or field training purposes as a member of a reserve component does NOT constitute active service time of war unless activated into Federal military service by Presidential or Congressional order.

CITIZEN & RESIDENT DEFINED - United States Citizenship is not required. Resident for purposes of this deduction means an individual who is legally domiciled in New Jersey. Domicile is the place you regard as your permanent home - the place you intend to return to after a period of absence. You may have only one legal domicile even though you may have more than one place of residence. Seasonal or temporary residence in this State, of whatever duration, does not constitute domicile. Absence from the State for a 12 month period is prima facie evidence of abandonment of domicile.

SURVIVING SPOUSE/DOMESTIC PARTNER DEFINED - means the lawful widow or widower/domestic partner of a qualified New Jersey resident veteran or serviceperson, who has not remarried/formed a new registered domestic partnership.

NOTE**A surviving spouse/domestic partner though a New Jersey resident himself/herself is not entitled to deduction if the deceased veteran/serviceperson spouse at death was not a New Jersey resident.

DOCUMENTARY PROOFS REQUIRED - Each assessor and collector may require such proofs necessary to establish claimant's deduction entitlement and photocopies of any documents should be attached to this claim as part of application record.

  • MILITARY RECORDS - Certificate of Honorable Discharge or Release, Form DD214, or Military Notification of Death or Certification of United States Veteran's Administration.

  • SURVIVING SPOUSE/DOMESTIC PARTNER - Death Certificate of decedent, marriage license/domestic partnership registration certificate.

  • OWNERSHIP - real property deed, executory contract for property purchase; or Last Will and Testament if by devise or if intestate or without a will give names and relationships of decedent's heirs-at-law.

  • RESIDENCY- New Jersey driver's license or motor vehicle registration, voter's registration, etc.

APPEALS - A claimant may appeal any unfavorable determination by the assessor or collector to the County Board of Taxation annually on or before April 1.