502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869-3799
Tel: 973.989.7100Fax: 973.989.7076

Government: Taxes

FAQs

The Randolph Township Department of Finance’s tax assessment and tax collection divisions have put the following information together to address the most frequently asked questions.


Division of Assessments

The assessor’s office is responsible for maintaining the listing and description of all real property in the taxing district. Questions? Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) at 973.989.7075.

Where can I obtain information regarding property assessment data?
For information regarding property assessment data, please visit the Morris County Board of Taxation’s website.
What is the tax rate and how is it calculated?
The tax rate is calculated by dividing the net taxable value (the ratable base determined by the assessor) into the total property tax levy each year. The 2018 tax rate has not yet been established. The 2017 tax rate was $2.53 per $100 of assessed value.
For a general overview on how taxes are assessed, the New Jersey Division of Taxation offers a brochure entitled How Property is Valued for Property Tax Purposes .
What if I do not agree with my tax assessment? How do I file an appeal?
Despite its description, a tax appeal is not an appeal of property taxes. A tax appeal is an appeal of the property tax assessment determined by the tax assessor. Appeals must be filed with the Morris County Board of Taxation on or before April 1st of the tax year in question. It is recommended that before you file an appeal, you speak to the tax assessor to discuss your assessed value. The New Jersey Division of Taxation has provided an informational brochure regarding tax appeals entitled A Guide To Tax Appeal Hearings .
For tax appeal forms, please contact the Morris County Board of Taxation at 973.285.6707.
What is an added assessment?
New construction, structural additions and renovations to a home result in an increased value and an increased property tax assessment. The assessor is responsible for the determination of assessed value for new construction/renovations completed in the tax year. The process includes the review of all permits, certificates of approval and occupancy, inspection of properties, and valuation of the added assessment. An added assessment is prorated based upon the number of months the work has been completed. For example, if construction is completed in February, the added assessment would be prorated for ten months of the year. Added assessment bills are typically sent in early October and due by November 1st.
What information does the assessor's office have about my property?
Property record cards are maintained by the assessor’s office and include a detailed description of each property within the municipality. Individual property record card information is available by request at the assessor’s office.
The assessor's office is also responsible for maintaining all documents (deeds) concerning all real estate transactions in the township. Surveys, when provided to the assessor's office, are also maintained in the assessor's office.

Division of Tax Collection & Treasurer

The tax collection division is responsible for the receipt and collection of all local taxes, both current and delinquent. Questions? Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) at 973.989.7047.

When are real estate taxes due?
Real estate taxes are due on February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1.
Is there a grace period?
The township allows for a ten-day grace period for receipt of the taxes. Any property tax payment received after the tenth calendar day is considered late, and interest will be charged back to the first day due. Payment is date of receipt, not postmarked date. Delinquent interest rate is 8% on the first $1,500 and 18% on amounts above.
Where do I pay my taxes?
The tax collection division is located in the township municipal building and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additionally, the office has extended hours on the first Thursday of every month and remains open until 8:00 p.m. For your convenience, there is also a drop-off box located by the front door of the municipal building. All transactions deposited in the box will be posted the next day.
Can I pay my property taxes online?
Yes! The Township of Randolph is pleased to offer you the opportunity to pay your property taxes online, 24/7, from the convenience of your home or office. The secure online tax payment services are provided at no additional cost to residents.
Can I pay my property taxes automatically from a bank account?
Yes! The Township of Randolph’s automatic payment program enables property owners to have their tax payment directly withdrawn from a checking or savings account every quarter. To enroll in the automatic payment program, download and complete the Automatic Tax Payment Agreement  and return it to the tax collector's office via mail or in person.
Where do my tax dollars go?
The property tax is divided among the County of Morris, the Randolph Board of Education and the township. The chart below illustrates the percentage that each of the jurisdictions receives in 2016 from the average taxpayer in the township.
2017 Tax Dollar Apportionment
School69.50%
Municipal15.19%
County10.39%
Reserve-Uncollected Taxes2.76%
Library1.33%
Open Space/Recreation0.83%
Are there any deductions/exemptions available to veterans, seniors or disabled persons?
There are several property tax benefits that are offered on the local level:
  • Annual Property Tax Deduction for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons: Annual deduction of up to $250 from property taxes for homeowners 65 or older or disabled who meet certain income and residency requirements.
    Application 
    Supplemental Income Form 
  • Annual Property Tax Deduction for Veterans/Surviving Spouses: Annual deduction of up to $250 from property taxes due for qualified war veterans or a veteran who served in peacekeeping missions and operations. This deduction is also available to a surviving spouse/civil union/domestic partner who has not remarried.
    Application 
    Supplemental Form for Peacekeeping Missions/Operations 
  • Property Tax Exemption for 100% Disabled Veterans: Full exemption from property taxes on a principal residence for certain totally and permanently disabled war veterans and veterans who served in peacekeeping missions and operations. This exemption also is available to a surviving spouse/civil union/domestic partner who has not remarried.
    Application 
    Supplemental Form for Peacekeeping Missions/Operations 
Are there any property tax relief programs available?
There are two separate property relief programs which are handled at the state level—the Homestead Benefit and the Senior Freeze programs. For more information, visit the New Jersey Taxation website or use the following numbers to contact the programs directly:
  • Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement): 1.800.882.6597
  • Homestead Benefit Program: 1.888.238.1233
Forms to apply for a veteran or senior citizen deduction can be obtained from the tax collector’s office.

Property Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights

The Property Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (PL 2017, c. 128) ensures that:

  1. All property taxpayers are accorded the basic rights of fair and equitable treatment underthe state constitution and laws of New Jersey
  2. All property taxpayers receive the information and assistance they need to understand and meet their property tax responsibilities.

Services to Property Taxpayers

As a property taxpayer, you have the right to obtain information explained in simple, nontechnical terms about:

  • Your responsibilities and rights as a property owner and property taxpayer.
  • Your real property assessment and how it is determined and calculated.
  • Your right to appeal and how to appeal an assessment you believe is incorrect as to yourproperty or as to another property in the same county and the time limits involved.
  • Your right, in the context of a property tax appeal, to view the property record card of other real property in the municipality.

Responsiveness
You have the right to expect questions will be responded to within a reasonable amount of time.

Statements and Notices
You have the right to expect all notices you receive will clearly identify the purpose of the communication and the proper procedure when responding.

For More Information
Many local property tax forms and publications are available on the New Jersey Division of Taxation’s website.