Tax Collection

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

Estimated Property Tax Bills

The Township of River Vale will be mailing out estimated tax bills for the August 1st tax quarter.  Once the final tax rate is certified by the County Board of Taxation, a final tax bill for the November 1st tax quarter and the preliminary tax bills for the first and second tax quarters (due February 1st and May 1st of the following year) will be mailed during September.

If you pay your taxes through your mortgage company, the statement will read, “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.

These type of 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 the 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 must be certified by the State of New Jersey Division of Local Government as a first step.

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. The River Vale Tax Office Summer Hours are Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.*

*Tax payments can be made in person, however it is recommended that you utilize the following methods to lessen the chances of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

1. Mail in Checks:
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.

2. Online Bill Pay 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. 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%

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

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.

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.

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