Tax Collection

April  30, 2020 - Important Update from the Tax Collector

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 130, the Mayor and Council of the Township of River Vale have extended the second quarter property tax grace period until June 1, 2020.

Second quarter property taxes are due on May 1, 2020. However, the grace period has been extended to Monday, June 1. Payments MUST BE RECEIVED on or before June 1 in order to be processed without penalty. As per NJ State Statute, payments received on June 2 or later will be considered late and interest will revert back to May 1.  We do encourage those who are currently able to pay on time to please do so.

If you provide us with your email address, we can email you a receipt upon request.  Or if you’d prefer to send us your bill and have it returned stamped PAID, please enclose your entire bill with payment and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The following are the three acceptable ways to pay this quarter’s property taxes.

1. Electronic Check or Credit:

Directly from the Township’s website .
Fees are as follows:
ACH or e-check $1.05
Debit or Credit cards 2.65%

2. Online BillPay from your bank:

Please be aware payments that you initiate with your own bank through online bill pay should be scheduled in advance of any due date to allow a sufficient number of mailing days for the Township to receive, process and apply the payment to your account. Payments made from online bill pay are sent through the mail. The Township is not responsible for late payments due to delays in mail service or bank processing. Please include your Block and Lot, Last name and/or property address in order for us to apply the payment to the correct account.

3. Mail in Checks:

We encourage that you pay electronically this quarter to lessen the chances of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. If that is not possible, checks will still be accepted. You can mail in your check or drop off your check using the drop box mailbox at the front door of Town Hall. Please include your tax stub with your check in a sealed envelope.

We can be reached by telephone to answer questions at 201-664-2346, ext. 1001 or 1002

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.  The River Vale Tax Office Hours are 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Tax Collector - Ada Vassallo, CTC -  Email or 201-664-2346 ext. 1001
Deputy Tax Collector - Kelly Lombardi, CTC -  Email or 201-664-2346 ext. 1002

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.

Related Links

NJ Property Tax Programs

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.

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