Margaret M. Schott - Tax Administrator
Board of Taxation
Theresa Prendergast, President
William Polistina, Commissioner
Greg Sykora, Commissioner
Charles E. Woolson Jr., Commissioner
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The Atlantic County Board of Taxation maintains information on real estate assessments for Atlantic County and is responsible for the property tax appeal process. This office maintains the property tax list books for all real estate property in Atlantic County. The tax list books contain information such as: property owner’s names, addresses, block and lot and assessments. The Board of Taxation also tabulates the Abstract of Ratables and Equalization Tables for Atlantic County.
Revised Filing Deadlines due to COVID-19
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey has extended the deadline for filing property tax assessment appeals to May 1. This deadline will now apply to properties located in all 23 municipalities in Atlantic County. May 1 was already the deadline for Atlantic City and Pleasantville.
Our office remains closed to the public, but we are available by telephone from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. In addition there is a drop box located in the lobby of our building at 5909 Main Street in Mays Landing for the deposit of petitions and evidence.
All filings can continue to be made by mail as long as the petition is received by our office before 4:30 PM on May 1, 2020.
Please note that all forms and instructions needed for filing an appeal, are available in the box to the right. Petitioners seeking comparable sales can perform an online search by clicking on “How to Find Comparable Sales” on that page.
Petitions submitted by mail or in the drop box will be accepted as long as they are received by the deadline. If a petition has deficiencies or errors (omitted signature, incorrect filing fee, typographical error, etc) the petitioner will receive written notice of the problem and be given at least 10 days to correct the problem, even if that is after the filing deadline. Comparable sales or other evidence does not have to be submitted with the petition and may be submitted as late as seven days before the first scheduled hearing date, although it should be submitted as soon as possible.
Under the terms of the Court’s order the filing deadline will be further extended if the Governor extends the state of emergency past April 1.
New Policy Regarding Notices and Hearings
Notices, including hearing notices and judgments will be mailed only to the petitioner or, if designated by the petitioner, an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey. If an appraiser, realtor or any other person is involved in the preparation or presentation of the case, that person must be notified by the petitioner or attorney designated on the petition.
At hearings, all questioning must be done by either the petitioner (only if the petitioner is not represented by an attorney), the petitioner’s attorney, the municipality’s attorney or a Board of Taxation Commissioner. Persons appearing as witnesses, including municipal assessors and appraisers, will not be permitted to ask questions of any party or witness.
Comparable sales used as evidence in 2020 should have occurred between October 1, 2018 and October 1, 2019 between a willing buyer and a willing seller. Sales outside those dates may be accepted but will be given less weight. Please read the instructions and other documents related to tax assessment appeals on this page before completing your petition.
After an appeal is filed, a hearing will be scheduled and the property owner will be notified of the date and time to appear. The law requires only 10 days’ notice of the date and time of the hearing. Every effort will be made to give the petitioners as much advance notice as possible.
Petitioners must file a copy of the petition and any attached evidence with the Atlantic County Board of Taxation, the municipal assessor of the town where the property is located and with the municipal clerk of the town where the property is located. The law provides that evidence such as appraisal reports and comparable sales data must be submitted to the Board and to the municipal assessor and municipal clerk at least 7 days prior to the hearing.
Adjournments will only be granted for serious reasons. Generally, only a serious medical condition or a vacation booked prior to the receipt of the hearing notice are sufficient. Requests for postponements must be made in writing and documentation must be provided for your request to be considered. All requests should be made immediately upon receipt of your hearing notice and addressed to the County Tax Administrator.
If a property owner is not satisfied with the decision of the Board of Taxation they may appeal to the New Jersey Tax Court. Instructions for filing a complaint with Tax Court are printed on the back of the Atlantic County Tax Board judgment.
If the petitioner or any potential witness in the matter needs an interpreter, notify the Atlantic County Board of Taxation as soon as possible either
by mail to:
Atlantic County Board of Taxation
5909 Main Street
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
or by e-mail to:
(please include “interpreter” in the subject line)