Tax Assessor

Lavallette Municipal Building
1306 Grand Central Avenue
Lavallette, NJ 08735

Sharon Morgan, Tax Assessor
Contact the Assessor
Office Hours: Wednesday 3:30pm to 5:30pm
732-793-7477 x612 Phone
Extension must be used as there is no option for the assessor on the phone system.
Fax 732-830-8248

Mailing Address: Lavallette Tax Assessor
1306 Grand Central Avenue
Lavallette, NJ 08735

Special Notice for Condo Owners
Due to the revaluation that was just finished, the Assessor was required by the state to change the Block and Lot on all the condos in town to a uniform numbering system. As a result of this all condo owners Block and Lots and account numbers have changed. Accounts can be looked up by name or address until your new tax bill is sent. A letter will also be sent informing you of your new Block/Lot and Account number so you can update your records and your online banking information.

Navigation Bullet Tax Maps


Tax Maps Pdf File
Maps are in pdf format
Maps may take some time to load, if maps don't load right click on save link as or save target as to download pdf file.


Navigation Bullet Added Assessments and Omitted Added Assessments

New construction, structural additions and improvements completed after October 1 are valued and taxed under the Added Assessment Law. This includes properties that had a reduction in value due to the storm and have now made repairs. 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 that, 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 and one prior year.

The Added Assessment bill will be mailed to your mortgage holder, if you have one, and you will receive an advice only copy.

Please note, not scheduling a final inspection for your building permit does not delay the added assessment tax bill. As noted above, the final inspection does not trigger the assessment.

Not getting a permit does not prevent an assessment. An assessment of an improvement is made regardless of whether there was a permit or not.

Whether you agree or do not agree with the assessment, you must pay the bill for the added assessment. By December 1st you may appeal the added assessment. No one can appeal the added assessment after 1 December, not even the Assessor. If the taxes are not paid, the appeal will not be heard.


Navigation Bullet Tax Deductions

Tax Forms For Qualifying Property Owners
Initial Statement for Tax Exempt propertiesExternal Link Pdf File
Further Statement for Tax Exempt propertiesExternal Link Pdf File

Homestead Rebate
Administered by the NJ Division of Taxation through NJ income tax returns (Form HR-1040 and NJ-1040 if required). For more information, visit the link below.
NJ Division of Taxation Homestead RebateExternal Link

Property Tax Reimbursement
Administered by the NJ Division of Taxation. For more information and filing date visit the link below.
NJ Division of Taxation ReimbursementExternal Link

Senior Citizen or Surviving Spouse of a Senior Citizen or Disabled Annual Property Tax Deduction
An annual 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 Tax Assessor’s office or from the State website.
Senior Citizen/Disabled Application (must accompany the supplemental income form)External Link Pdf File
Senior Citizen/Disabled Application Supplemental Income FormExternal Link Pdf File

Veteran’s Deduction
An annual deduction from property taxes is available to qualified veterans or un-remarried widows of veterans. Claimant must be a New Jersey citizen prior to October 1st of pretax year. The application forms are available in the Tax Assessor’s office. Veterans, who were honorably discharged and actively served during the following wars may be eligible and can apply for a deduction: Joint Guard Mission-Bosnia and Herzegovina, Joint Endeavor Mission-Bosnia and Herzegovina, Restore Hope Mission-Somalia, Operation “Desert Shield/Desert Storm”, Panama Peacekeeping Mission, Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission, Grenada Peacekeeping Mission, Vietnam Conflict, Korean Conflict, Word War I and World War II. Dates of induction/service apply. For dates for these military actions visit the link below
NJ Division of Taxation Veteran’s DeductionExternal Link
Veteran Application (must be accompanied with the supplemental form)External Link Pdf File
Veteran Application Supplemental FormExternal Link Pdf File
Exempt Disabled Veteran Application / For 100% Disabled VeteranExternal Link Pdf File


Navigation Bullet Important Assessment Dates

January - Tax Books are filed with the County

· Demolished structures
· New exemptions
· Tax map
· Estimate amounts of veterans approved
· Estimate amount of senior citizens approved
· New construction for Budget Cap purposes

February 1 Notify each taxpayer, by post card, of the current assessment and the previous year’s taxes; include tax appeal information

March 1 Hearings on County Equalization tables

April 1 Deadline for tax appeals

May 20 County Board to certify general tax rates

July 1 Process Building Permits, new property record cards, added assessments

August 1 Deadline for farmland assessment
Defend Tax Appeals

September Complete all added assessment records

October 1 Assessing date for all real property in the District
All required conditions for Veterans Exemption must exist by October 1
File added Assessment List
All Exemptions must be filed with the exceptions of seniors which is due by December 31

December 1 Added assessment appeal deadline
Defend added assessments
Proof tax list
Advertise that the Tax is open for inspection


Navigation Bullet Tax Appeals

Reason for an Appeal
An unfair assessment that is unreasonable compared to the market value. It is important to understand, you cannot appeal the taxes on a property, since taxes are the result of the budget process.

When to File an Appeal
Taxpayer must prove an assessment is unreasonable, compared to a market value standard. Your current assessment is assumed by law to be correct. You must overcome this presumption of correctness to gain an assessment reduction.

Taxpayers are required to present their opinion of true market value as of October 1st of the pre tax year. An average ratio is developed annually through the property transfers which represents the assessment level in that district. The common level of assessment is the average ratio of the district. In 1973, New Jersey Legislature adopted a formula known as Chapter 123 to test the fairness of an assessment. If the ratio of the assessment to true value exceeds the average ratio by 15%, then the assessment is automatically reduced to the common level. However, if the assessment falls within a common level range + or – 15%, of the average ratio, no adjustment will be made. If the assessment to true value ratio falls below the common level range, the Tax Board May Increase the Assessment to the Common Level.

The taxpayer must supply sufficient evidence to enable the Tax Board to determine the true market value.

The deadline for filing an appeal is April 1st, December 1st for added and omitted assessments and May 1st for revaluations or reassessments. You must provide credible evidence. Also, you must pay the collector all taxes in order to be granted a hearing.

To file an Appeal, Contact:
The Ocean County Board of Taxation
Ocean County Court House, Room #215
118 Washington Street, P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, New Jersey 08754-2191

You may call the office of the Board of Taxation at 732-929-2008.

Files linked from the Ocean County Tax Board

Tax Appeal Added / Omitted Assessment InstructionsExternal Link Pdf File
Tax Appeal for Added / OmittedExternal Link Pdf File
Tax Appeal FormExternal Link Pdf File
Tax Appeal InstructionsExternal Link Pdf File
Income and Expense StatementExternal Link Pdf File
Important RemindersExternal Link Pdf File
Property Tax Appeal Guidelines StatementExternal Link Pdf File
Solicitation of Tax AppealsExternal Link Pdf File
Addendum to Tax Appeal InstructionsExternal Link Pdf File