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The State of New Jersey, Department of the Treasury, maintains a Division of Taxation that oversees tax assessments, collections, and enforcement of tax laws for the state of New Jersey. You file your individual tax returns with the Division of Taxation, and pay any taxes due and owing to the Division of Taxation.
Installment Payment Plans
If you cannot pay your state tax debt in full at the time that it is due, the Division of Taxation may allow you to make payment arrangements for back taxes. In order to qualify for an installment payment plan, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- All of your tax returns must be filed up to date.
- You generally must be able to pay off your tax debt within 36 months.
- You typically must owe more than $500 in state taxes.
- If you owe more than $5,000 in state taxes and your installment payment plan is for more than 12 months, the Division will file a Certificate of Debt against you in court and add a 10% cost of collection fee to your tax debt.
- If you default on your installment plan payments in certain circumstances, the Division will file a Certificate of Debt against you in court and add a 10% cost of collection fee to your tax debt.
You can request an installment payment plan by submitting the Deferred Payment Request Form that is available on the website of the Division of Taxation. You also can contact the Division of Taxation directly about installment payment plans at (609) 292-6400.
If you are unable to pay your state tax debt in full, but you can make a lump sum payment toward the debt, you may wish to request a closing agreement from the Division of Taxation. In order to do so, you must complete and submit Form 906, Closing Agreement Application, along with copies of the last two years of your federal income tax returns, to the Division of Taxation at the following address:
NJ Division of Taxation
Closing Agreements, 9th Floor
PO Box 245
Trenton, NJ 08695-0245
In your application, you must state why you do not feel that you should pay your entire state tax debt, the amount of money that you can pay in a lump sum toward your tax debt, as well as the source of those funds.
Office of the Taxpayer Advocate
The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate offers independent review of state tax problems that taxpayers have been unable to resolve through normal procedures or who are facing an undue hardship as a result of the Division of Taxation’s action or decision. However, you must try to resolve your state tax problem or concern on your own through the Division of Taxation before the Office of Taxpayer Advocate will consider helping you with your case.
You can contact the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate by completing Form NJ-OTA-911, Request for Assistance from the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, and submitting it as follows:
State of New Jersey, Division of Taxation, Office of the Taxpayer Advocate
PO Box 240
Trenton, NY 08695-0240
By fax: (609) 984-5147
By email: [email protected]
Contact the New Jersey Division of Taxation
In person at Regional Information Centers between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday:
Suite 200, 2 Riverside Dr
Camden, NJ 08103
22-08 Route 208 South
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
1828 West Lake Avenue, 3rd Fl
Neptune, NJ 07753
124 Halsey St, 2nd Fl
Newark, NJ 08225
1915-A New Road, Route 9
Northfield, NJ 08225
75 Veterans Memorial Dr E, Ste 103
Somerville, NJ 08876
Taxation Bldg, 50 Barrack St, 1st Fl Lobby
Trenton, NJ 08695
Automated Services (609) 826-4400 or (800)-323-4400 (within NJ, NY, PA, DE, and MD)
Personal Services (609) 292-6400
TTY/TDD (609) 984-7300 or (800) 286-6613 (within NJ, NY, PA, DE, and MD)
By mail – If you are responding to a Statement of Account or Billing Notice that you received and you wish to respond in writing, you should send your correspondence to the address on the statement or notice. If you do not have the statement or notice, you can address your correspondence to the following address:
NJ Division of Taxation
PO Box 999
Trenton, NJ 08646-0999
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