The Tax Assessor's Office is responsible for the equitable distribution of the local property tax burden by compiling and maintaining a list of all taxable properties in the Township and assigning values to each property. Assessing properties for taxation is a governmental function as an agent of the Legislature. Taxable properties raise the bulk of the funds necessary to finance local government.
The Tax Assessor discovers, lists the valuation of all properties within the Township of Washington. Sales, income, and cost data are analyzed to determine the assessed value of each parcel included on the Tax List presented to the Bergen County Board of Taxation each January. This Tax List also includes a directory for parcel identification, information concerning exempt properties, tax data and a schedule of all tax ratables within the municipality.
The Tax Assessor's duties also include maintaining property transfers, keeping current ownership updated, checking building permits that have been issued and maintaining current values. This office prepares added assessment rolls on new buildings and alterations that are completed during the tax year that contributes additional revenue to the municipality.
The Tax Assessors Office is responsible for taxation in conformity with existing statutes and regulations and prepares all assessment rolls as required by law. Exemptions and partial exemption such as qualified veterans or their widowed spouses, qualifying senior citizens, houses of worship and certain schools are administered by this office.
The Tax Assessor represents the Township in all tax appeals before the Bergen County Board of Taxation and State appeals before the Tax Court of New Jersey. The assessor protects the municipality and makes certain that an unfair amount of county taxes is not being paid.
Property Taxpayer Bill of Rights
Property Tax Relief Programs: https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/relief.shtml
The State of New Jersey offers several programs for property tax relief. You may be eligible for one or more of these:
Each of the above listed benefits have specific eligibility criteria and filing deadlines.
Taxpayers who disagree with their property’s assessment have the right to appeal to the Bergen County Board of Taxation on or before April 1 or 45 days from the date the Assessment Notifications are mailed by the taxing district, whichever is later.
If the property is assessed for more than $1,000,000 the taxpayer can appeal directly to the N.J. State Tax Court. If you are dissatisfied with the judgment of the Bergen County Board of Taxation, you may file an appeal with the N.J. State Tax Court within 45 days from the date of the final judgment.
If you have recently purchased your home, please provide us with a copy of the closing statement and any multiple listing reports.
If you have not recently purchased your home, it is highly recommended you supply an appraisal by a NJ-licensed real estate appraiser to determine the value of the property as of October 1st of previous year.