Tax Assessor

The State of New Jersey, administered through the local municipal Assessor's Office, makes available property tax deductions to qualifying property owners. Each deduction has specific qualifications and requires the filing of an application. 

SENIOR CITIZEN DEDUCTION AND SURVIVING SPOUSE OF A SENIOR CITIZEN - $250.00 - QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 65 YEARS OF AGE OR OVER AS OF DECEMBER 31 OF THE PRETAX YEAR
  • OWN AND RESIDE IN THE PROPERTY APPLYING FOR ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 1 OF THE PRETAX YEAR
  • INCOME NOT TO EXCEED $10,000 OVER AND ABOVE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AND/OR GOVERNMENT PENSIONS
  • PROOF OF AGE IS REQUIRED (copy of Driver's License, Birth Certificate, etc)
  • SURVIVING SPOUSE MUST BE 55 YEARS OF AGE
DISABLED PERSON DEDUCTION AND SURVIVING SPOUSE OF A DISABLED PERSON - $250.00 QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • OWN AND RESIDE IN THE PROPERTY APPLYING FOR ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 1 OF THE PRETAX YEAR
  • PERMANENTLY AND TOTALLY DISABLED AS OF DECEMBER 1 OF THE PRETAX YEAR
  • INCOME NOT TO EXCEED $10,000 OVER AND ABOVE DISABILITY BENEFITS
  • PROOF OF PERMANENT DISABILITY – SOCIAL SECURITY AWARD CERTIFICATE OR DOCTOR'S NOTE
CONTINUANCE OF THESE DEDUCTIONS – MUST RETURN AN ANNUAL POST TAX YEAR STATEMENT TO THE TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE ON OR BEFORE MARCH 1ST OF EACH TAX YEAR.

VETERANS OR SURVIVING SPOUSE OF A VETERAN DEDUCTION - $250.00 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • OWN PROPERTY ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 1 OF THE PRETAX YEAR
  • POSSESS AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE FROM ACTIVE SERVICE IN TIME OF WAR
  • Peacekeeping Missions require actual service in a combat zone for a total of 14 days, unless a service injury was received in a combat zone
  • SUPPLY COPY OF DISCHARGE PAPERS WITH APPLICATION - DD214
  • Surviving Spouse must attach copy of death certificate with application
CONTINUANCE OF THIS DEDUCTION – CONTINUES IN FORCE FROM YEAR TO YEAR WITHOUT THE NECESSITY FOR FURTHER CLAIM SO LONG AS A CLAIMANT IS ENTITLED TO THE DEDUCTION

TOTALLY DISABLED VETERANS AND SURVIVING SPOUSES – EXEMPT QUALIFIATIONS: 

  • OWN AND RESIDE IN PROPERTY ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 1 OF THE PRETAX YEAR
  • POSSESS AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE FROM ACTIVE SERVICE IN TIME OF WAR
  • HAVE AND SUPPLY A COPY OF A U.S. VETERANS ADMINISTRATION CERTIFICATION OF SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY-100% THE LETTER MUST BE THE ORIGINAL TAX LETTER WITH A RAISED SEAL
  • SUPPLY COPY OF DISCHARGE PAPERS WITH APPLICATION
  • CONTINUANCE OF THIS DEDUCTION – CONTINUES IN FORCE FROM YEAR TO YEAR WITHOUT THE NECESSITY FOR FURTHER CLAIM SO LONG AS A CLAIMANT IS ENTITLED TO THE DEDUCTION
  • ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED WITH THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31ST
Theresa L Stagliano, CTA
Assessor
Phone: (856) 767-7777 ext 319
Fax: (856) 767-1071

Email Tax Assessor

** Property information (SFLA/Year Built, etc) is available via fax or e-mail requests only ** 

Property information can also be obtained by going to www.njactb.org 
OFFICE HOURS:
Wednesday evening by appointment 5:30pm – 7:00pm
MAILING ADDRESS: 
Berlin Borough Assessor’s Office
59 White Horse Pike
Berlin, NJ 08009

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Assessor's Office located? How do I contact the Assessor's Office?

The Assessor’s Office is located in the Berlin Borough Municipal Building at 59 White Horse Pike Berlin, NJ 08009. 

Our phone number is 856-767-7777 ext 319 and our fax number is 856-767-1071.

The office hours are Wednesday evening by appointment only from 5:30pm – 7:00 pm 

I need to know if my taxes, water and/or sewer bills are paid. I need to know if there is a balance due on my tax/water/sewer bill. I need to know if there are any liens on a property. Who do I call?

The Tax Collection Department at 856-767-7777. 

I need a copy of my tax bill. Who do I call?

The Tax Collection Department at 856-767-7777. 

I paid off my mortgage and would like the tax bills sent to me. Who do I contact?
You must contact the Tax Collector’s Office. You should confirm that they have your correct mailing address, including a Post Office Box Number if applicable. 
My taxes went up, can I appeal my taxes?

No. Property taxes are the result of the local budget process and cannot be appealed. The tax rate is determined by the County Board of Taxation based on budgets submitted by the Municipality, County, Schools and Fire District. Generally the rate changes annually. 

Can I appeal my assessment?

Yes. On or about February 1st of every year, the assessor is required under N.J.S.A. 54:4-38.1, to notify every property owner of their assessment. A property owner who disagrees with the assessed value may appeal to the County Board of Taxation or before April 1st. (December 1 for ADDED and OMITTED ASSESSMENTS) Petition of Appeal forms are available in the local assessor’s office or by contacting the Camden County Board of Taxation at 609-225-5238

What determines my assessment?

Tax Assessments are based on the market value of your property. Real property is required to be assessed at some percentage of its true value. True value has been defined as the full and fair value of each parcel of real property, in the judgment of the assessor, it would sell for at a fair and bona fide sale on the assessing date. The assessing date is October 1st of the pretax year. 

Who determines the percentage of true value?

The Division of Taxation. Following a revaluation, all assessments must represent 100% of true market value as of the previous October 1st. The Division annually conducts a fiscal year sales survey. Every sale is compared individually to every assessment to determine an average level of assessment. 

Who determines the percentage of true value?

The 2013 Director's Equalization Ratio to true value is 99.50%%.

If I file an appeal will my assessment automatically be reduced?

In 1973 the New Jersey Legislature adopted a formula known as chapter 123 to test the fairness of an assessment. If the ratio of the assessment to the true value exceeds the average ratio by 15%, then the assessment is reduced to the common level. However, if the assessment falls within this common level range, no adjustment will be made. Additionally, if the true value falls below the common level, the Tax Board is obligated to increase the assessment to the common level. 

Can I get a copy of my recorded deed from the assessor's office?

Generally no. The assessor’s office is only required to update their assessment list based on the type of deed recorded. However, copies of all recorded deeds are kept on file with the Camden County Clerk’s Officehttp://www.camdencounty.com/. You can contact them at 856-225-5326. 

I'm an honorably discharged Veteran who served during active time of war or a surviving spouse of an honorably discharged Veteran. Am I entitled to a property tax deduction?

Possibly. See the prerequisites under Property Tax Deductions. Applications are available in the Assessor's Office and the Tax Collector's Office. 

I'm a senior citizen (65 years of age or older), am I entitled to a property tax deduction?

Possibly. See the prerequisites under Property Tax Deductions. Applications are available in the Assessor's Office and the Tax Collector's Office. 

I'm a totally and permanently disabled person, am I entitled to a property tax deduction?

Possibly. See the prerequisites under Property Tax Deductions. Applications are available in the Assessor's Office and the Tax Collector's Office.