Tax Assessor

Mission Statement

The mission of the Howell Tax Assessor’s Office is, and will forever be, to continue our efforts to maximize all services to the community which we are hired to serve. This includes, but is not limited to areas of deductions, exemptions, assessment appeals, and any and all inquiries about the assessment function. As statutorily stated a primary goal each year is to strive to maintain as accurate and equitable assessments as possible throughout the Township.

Howell Inspections for 2023:

Howell is under contract with Realty Data Systems (RDS) to inspect a designated portion of all properties located in the Township each year.

These inspections enable our office to maintain accurate property records used to complete annual reassessments, which are a critical component in the fair distribution of taxes. 

A notification was mailed to all property owners subject to an inspection this year, which contained instructions for contacting RDS to complete a “remote virtual” (RV) interior inspection which requires no entry. Landlords can contact tenants to perform the RV. 

The RV is user-friendly, requires no app downloads and can be completed by calling (732) 719-2265 from your smart phone at any time between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday (THERE ARE NO APPOINTMENTS).  Please make sure you are at your property when calling. 

Inspectors will also visit your property to conduct a full exterior (front and rear) inspection which includes photographs.  

During that visit, an interior walkthrough will be offered (if an RV has not previously been completed), and you will again receive printed instructions for completing an RV if that is your preference.  If an adult is present during a visit, but declines an interior inspection, the inspectors will not return to your property, but you can call still call to complete a virtual inspection for a limited period. 

A door hanger containing those instructions will be left at each property for which an owner/occupant is not present.

During walkthroughs inspectors will respect social-distancing and wear masks when inside any property. 

Property visits will take place between 9am and dusk, Monday-Saturday, and all personnel will carry photo ID.  Our office and the Police Dept. possess all inspector background and other pertinent information.

If for any reason you would like to refuse an interior inspection so the inspectors do not visit the property, please visit www.rdsnj.com, click “INSPECTIONS” and select the REFUSAL FORM.  

List of properties to be inspected, below in link.

Please note that if an interior inspection is not completed, my office may need to make estimates that could result in an inaccurate property record or tax assessment, and Monmouth County may limit your rights during any assessment appeal.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Frequently Asked Questions – “Notice of Assessment” 2022

 What is a “Notice of Assessment”?

The “Notice of Assessment” you are receiving is simply a notice to inform the property owner of the amount for which the property has been assessed for the 2022 tax year. In addition to the current assessment, the notice must reflect the property location, the property owner’s name and mailing address, and the amount of tax BILLED (not paid) for that property during the prior year. The law requires that notices be sent to all property owners after the Tax List is published in November. 

If my assessment goes up, does that mean I will be paying even more taxes?

Not necessarily. The assessment function does not create revenue for the municipality. The Assessment function is only a distribution mechanism of the separately determined tax levy. In strict adherence with the NJ Constitution, this apportionment is to be based on the value of property.

What do I do if I have a question regarding the amount of tax billed for the previous year (2021)?

If you have any question regarding a tax “bill” or the amount of a tax bill, you should direct your inquiry to the Tax Collector. The Tax Assessor is not authorized by law to discuss the amount of tax dollar that you pay, or the bill itself. The Tax Assessor, by law, is authorized to discuss only the assessment, or “value” of your property. 

How do I appeal my taxes?

You cannot appeal your “taxes” as your taxes are a result of the budget process. You can only appeal your assessment. The instructions for appeal are provided on the reverse side of the “Notice of Assessment”. 

What do I do if I do not believe the tax assessment of my property is correct?

Your assessment should reflect the current market value of your home. The first thing you want to do is review your property record card by using the following link:

https://oprs.co.monmouth.nj.us/oprs/External.aspx?iId=12

If you disagree with the total assessment you may file an appeal with the Monmouth County Tax Board. This can be done electronically, or filed via paper forms. The deadline to file with the County is January 15, 2022. The process involves providing three to five comparable sales (not a comparison of assessment) in order to prove that your assessment is incorrect. More information regarding filing an appeal with the County can be found on their webpage located here:

https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?ID=278



 

*New Offering For Assessment Review…

 If you believe your assessment records are incorrect or there is a problem with your assessed value Please see below* TIARA (Taxpayer Informal Assessment Review Application) 

If you, as a taxpayer in Monmouth County believe that the current assessment is inaccurate, TIARA provides you with the ability to register within the Tax Board Portal and submit a pre-tax year request to have your assessment reviewed by the Assessor. The system will have secure registration, property selection, email event notification and the ability to attach/upload documents/photographs in support of the claim. TIARA is meant to be a proactive public service that seeks to address assessment concerns BEFORE they become binding on the municipality.

To Access TIARA click here: Tax Board Portal

 

*Please note this is only available following the certification of the current tax year’s tax list (around May 5th) and before the commencement of the reassessment in September.  Any data or assessed value changes will only be applicable for the following year’s assessment.


Assessment Post Cards and Property record cards

Please select this Link to access Monmouth County Tax Board’s record search system. Please note, you have to select the proper district in Step 3 (Howell). Then you can look up by Location, Ownership, or Block and Lot. Submit search, then click on “more info” on the property, From here you will be able to see ModIV assessment data, and have tabs for Assessment Postcards, or Property Card.


Property Tax Deductions

The State of New Jersey offers a property tax deduction for qualified seniors, 100% disabled persons, veterans and their widows or widowers. Applications are available below and at the Tax Assessor's office, 4567 Route 9 North, Howell NJ. Completed applications can be mailed to the Howell Township Assessor's office, 4567 Route 9 North, Second Floor, Howell, NJ 07731.


Senior Citizens Deduction $250 

Disabled Deduction $250

Veteran Deduction $250 

100% Property Tax Exemption 

  • The dwelling of a disabled veteran or surviving spouse / surviving civil union partner / surviving domestic partner of a disabled veteran or serviceperson may be eligible for exemption.
  • Income and ownership requirements are the same as the original deduction.
  • The deceased spouse had to be eligible for the deduction at the time of death and the surviving spouse must not have remarried.
  • Download the exemption application.

State Property Tax Benefits

There is also a brochure available from the State of New Jersey that provides an overview of property tax benefits.


General Information 

  • Farmland Assessment - Filed by August 1 of the pretax year
  • Tax Assessment Appeals - Filed November 1stthru January 15th
  • Tax Collectors - (732) 938-4500 ext. 4330
  • The County Board of Taxation - (732) 431-7404 can also answer questions on your appeal
  • Tax Board Portal (for electronic filing of Income and Expense)
    https://taxboardportal.co.monmouth.nj.us/TaxBoardPortal/Home/Login