Tax Assessment & Collection
Special Note: July 2018
The Township of River Vale will be mailing out estimated tax bills for the August 1, 2018 tax quarter. Once the final tax rate is certified by the County Board of Taxation, a final tax bill for the November 1, 2018 tax quarter and the preliminary taxes for the first and second tax quarters of 2019, due February 1 and May 1, will be mailed in September 2018.
If you pay your taxes through your mortgage company, the statement will say, “This is not a bill, for advice only.” If you receive an “advice only” statement, but do not have a mortgage company, use this statement to pay your taxes. Your mortgage company should send us a notice to remove your bank code.
Estimated bills are issued when, by mid-June, the tax rate has not been certified to any of the taxing entities, namely the County of Bergen, Board of Education, and Township municipal government. Rates are certified or set by the County Board of Taxation after receiving the budgets of all municipalities and school districts, which first must be certified by the State of New Jersey Division of Local Government.
By law, the Township is responsible for collecting taxes on behalf of the three taxing entities referred. Payments are forwarded quarterly to both the County of Bergen and the Board of Education. The issuance of estimated bills is important for municipal government, in order to prevent cash liquidity problems which might affect normal operations and provision of services.
As customary, the taxes paid for the first and second installments of this year were based on the prior year tax rate. The third installment represents one-half of the estimated increase in taxes for the first two quarters, had the current year tax rate been in place at the beginning of the year.
Our primary goals are to:
- Provide a fair and equitable base for distributing property taxes.
- Educate the public in the process.
- Provide access to a wealth of information pertaining to real property and sales of real property.
Annually the Assessment Department is responsible for accurately identifying, listing, and valuing all real property in the Township as well as defending the values. This requires the collection, interpretation and maintenance of data from numerous sources. Through the use of technology we are able to provide other departments and the public access to our database. The Department also administers numerous programs provided by New Jersey State Statutes including senior citizen, disabled persons and veterans tax deductions, farmland assessments, tax exemptions to eligible non-profit organizations, sales ratio, and annual assessment notifications.Tax Assessor - Michael Barker Email
Assistant to the Assessor - Joanne Allgor Email or 201-664-2346, ext. 1006
Assessment Records Online Lookup
Appeals: Click here for information
Property Tax Deductions: Click here
Property Tax Relief Programs: NJ Division of Taxation
Historical Data: Rates and Ratios, Assessments and Rate Breakdown, Top 10 Ratables
Tax Maps: View Maps
The Tax Collector is responsible for the yearly billing, reporting, enforcing and quarterly collection of tax levies within guidelines mandated by the State of New Jersey. As a statutory officer of the State of New Jersey, the Tax Collector is obligated to follow all the State Statues regarding property tax collection including date, interest of delinquent tax payments, and tax sale procedures. The Tax Collector is charged with the receipt and collection of all taxes, assessments, and miscellaneous revenues both current and delinquent.
Tax Collector - Ada Vassallo Email or 201-664-2346 ext. 1001
Deputy Tax Collector - Kelly Lombardi or 201-664-2346 ext. 1002
ONLINE PROPERTY TAXES: You can now look up current property taxes, account history and pay current taxes online. One-time payments can be made online with a credit card, debit card or e-check. To access the application, use the following link; River Vale Taxes
The following payment types are accepted online only:
•AMEX •Discover •Electronic Check
•Visa •MasterCard •Pin Debit •Pinless Debit
Please note that you will be charged a convenience fee for paying online as follows:
- E-check: $1.05 flat fee per transaction
- Debit or credit cards: 2.65% of payment
NOTE: Properties on Tax Sale are not able to make website payments
ATTENTION HOMEOWNERS: Tax bills are mailed out in July and the first payment is due August 1st. Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from paying your taxes or the interest due on delinquent taxes.
NEW HOMEOWNERS: Congratulations on your new home and welcome to River Vale! If you did not receive the tax bill from the previous owner at your closing, and you do not have a mortgage company escrowing your taxes, please call the tax office (201)664-2346 x1001 to have one printed for you. By statute, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to ascertain the amount and due dates of property taxes, but we need to hear from you in order to answer your questions.
TAX DUE DATES: Taxes are due in quarterly installments. These dates are set by the State of New Jersey.
- 1st Quarter February 1
- 2nd Quarter May 1
- 3rd Quarter August 1
- 4th Quarter November 1
The Township of River Vale offers a 10 calendar day grace period for payment of taxes. Payment must be received by the last day of the grace period to avoid interest; therefore if the 10th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Holiday, the last day of the grace period is extended to the next business day. Please note that on the day following the last day of the grace period, interest will be charged, reverting to the statutory due dates, at 8% on the first $1,500.00 and 18% on the balance amount of $1,500.00. A year- end penalty will be charged at 6% on all delinquent balances (including interest) in excess of $10,000 not received by December 31. Please read the back of the tax bill for valuable information that may answer many of your questions.
Payments can be made in person, placed in the tax payment drop box at the front door of Town Hall or mailed to the Tax Collector’s office at Township of River Vale, 406 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ 07675.
Checks should be payable to the “Township of River Vale.” Please DO NOT leave any cash in the tax payment drop box. If mailing your payment and you would like a receipt, please include your entire tax bill with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Post-Dated Checks: By statute, our office is required to deposit payments as soon as they are received and we cannot accept “post-dated” checks. Therefore, please date your check the day you write it out, just as you would if you were paying in person.
- For an overview of the tax sale process in the State of New Jersey, provided by the Division of Local Government Services please click here.