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03/26/2018   2018 Homestead Benefit Credits
01/22/2018   Refunding 2018 Property Tax Payments Made On or Before 12/31/17
09/28/2017   Update - Electronic Tax Sale Pilot Program Applications

2018 Homestead Benefit Credits - 03/26/2018

Municipalities should start processing and mailing 2nd quarter 2018 adjusted tax bills for recipients of 2015 Homestead Benefit Credits. Tax Collection Vendor’s have received the files for their review and distribution. Please contact them to proceed with this process. Tax Collectors can access a (PDF) verification form named "2018 Homestead Benefit Credits" that is posted in the Tax Collector Document Library. THE INFORMATION ON THE PDF SHOULD BE RECONCILED TO THE INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM YOUR VENDOR TO ENSURE THAT ALL THE ELIGIBLE PROPERTIES ARE CORRECTLY CREDITED. With the release of the homestead benefit adjusted tax bills, collectors are reminded that homestead credits that have been applied to properties for the second (May 2018) quarter are not to be transferred or otherwise altered due to change in homeownership. It has been determined that the Homestead Benefit Credit information can be treated as public information, once adjusted tax bills are produced. This means that normal business rules and public records policies apply.

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Refunding 2018 Property Tax Payments Made On or Before 12/31/17 - 01/22/2018

Following recent IRS guidance on the deductibility of prepaid 2018 property taxes, there have been instances where taxpayers are seeking refunds of payments made toward third and fourth quarter 2018 property taxes.   The Division is issuing Local Finance Notice 2018-04 setting forth guidance on this matter.  The governing body of any municipality wishing to permit refunding payments toward unbilled third and fourth quarter 2018 property taxes should adopt a resolution specifically authorizing the refund of such payments as a matter of policy (on the basis that the payment is in excess of the tax or assessment levied, which is unknown at this stage).  No individual refund should be authorized by the governing body except upon written request by a taxpayer.  

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Update - Electronic Tax Sale Pilot Program Applications - 09/28/2017

In July the Director announced that, pending the outcome of proposed regulations for online tax sales, the Division of Local Government Services would not be approving applications to conduct online tax sales under the Electronic Tax Sale Pilot Program on dates beyond December 31, 2017. The Director has revised this policy as follows: Existing pilot program participants will be permitted to seek Division approval to conduct an electronic tax sale under the pilot program guidelines for a sale date no later than March 30, 2018, so long as the application was submitted and approved before the effective date of any adopted regulations.

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