Christie orders N.J. towns to accept 2018 property tax prepayments

Governor Chris Christie is is permitting all New Jerseyans to pay their 2018 property taxes in advance, before new federal tax laws take effect on January 1st.

Executive Order No. 237 specifically directs New Jersey’s Director of the Division of Local Government to instruct municipalities “to accept payments for 2018 property taxes in calendar year 2017 and require them to credit those payments as received in 2017 if the payment is postmarked on or before December 31, 2017.”

“The action I took today will ensure that local governments are flexible and accommodating of their local property taxpayers as we transition to the new federal tax code for 2018,” Governor Christie said in a statement. “This executive order requires local officials to dedicate the resources and staffing to serve New Jerseyans who are planning in this way for their families and their futures.”

A copy of the Executive Order is attached here.

Christie’s decision comes on the heels of Jersey City’s independent decision to permit prepayments.

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