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Posted on: February 1, 2019

Bill Advances to Permit Delay of Property Tax Bills for Furloughed Federal Employees

Yesterday, both the State Senate and the General Assembly approved S-3347/A-4904, which permits a municipality, upon adoption of a resolution, to not charge interest on delinquent quarterly tax payments as the result of a federal shutdown. Specifically, this would apply to federal government employees not being paid due to a shutdown or a contractor who is paid by a federal agency but is delayed or diminished due to a federal shutdown and is receiving unemployment benefits if: (1) the shutdown occurs less than 45 days prior to the quarterly payment date and remains in effect on the quarterly payment due date; and (2) the governing body adopts a resolution providing that no interest shall be charged if the payment is made on or before the next quarterly payment due date. The bills were introduced on January 17, passed both the Senate and Assembly January 31, and now await consideration by the Governor.

We raised some technical concerns on this permissive bill with the sponsors. The bill was amended to address our concerns regarding the definition of a “contractor whose pay is received from a federal agency, but is delayed or diminished as a result of such an impasse” to now include the requirement of receiving. It was also amended regarding the implementation date, so if the bill is signed by the Governor on Jan. 31 or Feb. 1, municipalities can still adopt a resolution, if they so choose, to address the Feb 1 quarterly payment.

The legislation now heads to the Governor for his consideration.

Contact: Lori Buckelew, Senior Legislative Analyst, lbuckelew@njlm.org, 609-695-3481, x112.


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