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Tax Collector

Tax Collector

Collector: Barbara J. Kozay, CTC

Dumont Borough Hall
Tax Collector's Office
50 Washington Avenue
Dumont, NJ 07628
Phone: 201-387-5025
Fax: 201-384-5248
Email: bkozay@dumontboro.org 

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:45am to 11:45am, 1:15pm to 4:30pm.
The office is open the first two Monday nights of each quarter from 6:00pm-8:00pm.
Summer hours: Friday 8:30am to 12:00 noon, 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

Responsibilities

The Tax Collector is charged with the responsibility of billing, receiving and collecting all taxes and assessments both current and delinquent. The Office of the Tax Collector bills over 5300 taxpayers yearly and collects taxes quarterly. Taxes are always due: February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1. In New Jersey taxes are due the first day of the second month of each quarter.

The Tax Collector presides at the annual tax sale, and also adjusts the tax accounts for tax appeals, senior citizen, disabled and veteran’s deductions. The Collector is also responsible for mailing the bills to the mortgage companies and the owners of the property as well as responding to all inquiries about property taxes.

A ten day grace period to the 10th of the “due month” is allowed by resolution by the Mayor and Council after which time interest is retroactively charged from the first day of the month in which taxes are due. State statute requires any taxes remaining unpaid be subject to interest at the rate of 8% per annum on the outstanding balance up to $1500 and 18% per annum on the balance over $1500. An additional penalty of 6% is charged on any single year’s delinquency if the total due (including principal and interest) at the end of that calendar year is more than $10,000.

Postmark is not recognized by tax collector’s offices. The payment must be in the hand of the Collector by close of business on the last day of grace. Please note that the due date does not change, the due date remains constant but rather the grace period is an interest free period - the 10th day of grace is not the due date. This office provides a locked mailbox inside the municipal building on the wall right outside the collector’s office. This is for the convenience of taxpayers if they come into the building after regular hours and wish to leave their payment. It is not meant to extend the grace period on the last day of grace. Payments are removed the next morning and posted with that day’s date. Any interest that is due then is paid first and the balance is applied to the most delinquent tax bill.

You can pay your tax bill by mail with a check or in person using a check or cash. Send your check with the appropriate stub from the bill to 50 Washington Ave, Dumont, NJ 07628. Please remember that a receipt will be provided only if you send or bring the entire bill (this means the upper portion of the bill as well as the stub). The appropriate stub will be retained by the office, the back of the upper portion of the bill will be validated and the entire bill will then be returned to you. No other receipt will be provided. Your record of the cancelled check will be the only receipt.

New owners should call the tax office for the necessary property tax information. In this state, once you own property it becomes your complete responsibility (100%) to ascertain when taxes are due and the amount. If the seller has not passed the current bill to you at closing you should call as soon as possible to ascertain what your tax situation is. Whether you are a new or an old owner, according to state law, not receiving a bill does not exempt a property owner from payment of taxes or being charged interest if the bill becomes delinquent. Do no wait to receive a bill, you must be proactive and obtain the information you need well in advance of the due date. The first notification that you will receive from the collector’s office regarding each quarter’s payment is a delinquent notice if the tax is still unpaid at the end of the grace period.