I called again to see if someone else there had an opinion on whether or not I should send in the tax NOW to add to my file while they are reviewing it and I learned a few things
1) Even though it was 11 days after they had recieved it, they still had not even started looking at it...their "mandate" is to look at each file within "7-10 business days" and since mine had only been there for 6 business days, they had a bit of a chuckle that I was even calling to see where things were at. They suggested that they would be starting to look at it NEXT week and I could call for an update then. Gotta love the government.
2)The woman said I COULD send in the tax as an afterthought, but she was concerned that if I calculated differently than them, it would trigger an "incomplete" on the file and they would have to send me a letter to fix the issue. She wasn't sure how this is going to be any different then the "incomplete" I am going to get because I sent NO tax in, but she somehow thought it would be better to wait.
3)The woman said (believe it or not) that as long as everything ELSE is in order, the non-payment of the tax would NOT hold up my ability to schedule my inspection. She said they regularly release files to the inspection stations with tax irregularities, because they know that we have to pay it before we actually get our tags anyway. So she assured me that this issue would not prevent me from getting my inspection.
4)finally, and this is for MrMustang and anyone who followed his posts above and is curious about the process in NJ as the process currently differs somewhat from what was outlined in his post.
AS OF THE TIME OF THIS WRITING (6/23/2012) YOU CAN NOT GET AN INSPECTION IN NJ WITHOUT THE PAPERWORK FIRST GOING TO TRENTON. I HAVE VERIFIED THIS TEN TIMES TILL SUNDAY WITH TWO PEOPLE IN TRENTON AND ONE AT THE ASBURY PARK INSPECTION STATION. THE INSPECTION STATION WILL NOT SCHEDULE YOU UNTIL THEY GET SIGNED-OFF PAPERWORK FROM TRENTON WHICH INCLUDES YOUR BUILD "BINDER" THAT YOU SENT IN FOR THEM TO REVIEW. THE FIRST STEP IS INDEED TO GET THINGS SORTED OUT IN TRENTON WITH YOUR INSPECTION AS THE SECOND STEP.
I'll post more as I go through this process since it seems to be a source of confusion and may have changed a bit as of late.
FFR 7386 MK IV Roadster
302 Block/347 Stroker/Mass-Flo/TKO 500/8.8 Moser Rear/Manual Brakes & Steering
Build Began 12/6/2010
First Start 11/18/2011
Go Kart 11/24/2011
Registered and on the Road 8/11/2012
Paint Winter-2012 at Metalmorphous
Picked up from Paint 4/6/2013. Awaiting graduation pics to make it official!
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