MORRISTOWN, NJ - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed Executive Order No. 237 on Wednesday directing the Director of the Division of Local Government to notify municipalities to accept payments for 2018 property taxes in calendar year 2017 and require them to credit those payments as received in 2017, if the payment is postmarked on or before December 31, 2017.
Individuals and municipalities may benefit from an early payment of taxes this year, before the newly-passed tax bill impacts expenditures for 2018. The last business day this month is Friday, December 29.
“The action I took today will ensure that local governments are flexible and accommodating of their local property taxpayers as we transition to the new federal tax code for 2018," Governor Christie said in a statement. "This executive order requires local officials to dedicate the resources and staffing to serve New Jerseyans who are planning in this way for their families and their futures."
In a Twitter posting, New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said, "Generally, those whose combined property and income tax bills will be more than $10,000 next year – but not those who would be subject to the new Alternative Minimum Tax – would benefit by prepaying some or all of their 2018 property tax bill by the end of 2017."
Morristown residents can pay their tax bills in person or online. In person or mailed payments can be made in cash, personal check or money orders only. Electronic payments are accepted online at www.townofmorristown.org/paymytaxes. Fees apply to online payments. The Tax Collection Office will be open on Friday, December 29, 2017 until 4:30pm. Taxes may be also paid online throughout the weekend and will be posted on the date paid. Also, any mailed payment postmarked by December 31, 2017, will also be considered paid in 2017.
Morris Township residents wishing to prepay their tax bills may do so as well. However, payments must be received in the tax office no later than close of business on December 29. No postmarks will be accepted. Payments can be made online by visiting www.morristwp.com.
Residents and taxpayers who are interested in paying their 2018 taxes are encouraged to check with their tax professionals in order to understand the potential impacts of prepaying 2018 taxes.