Tax Assessment & Collection
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 - Gail McIntyre: 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
Tax Maps: View Maps
- January 10: Tax list is filed
- Feb 1: Annual Assessment Notice mailed
- April 1: Deadline for filing assessment appeals
- October 1: Added Assessment List filed (Billing for construction completed during the year).
- December 1: Appeal deadline for Added Assessments
- December 31: Last day for filing current year tax deductions
Tax Collector - Ada Vassallo: Email or 201-664-2346 ext. 1001
NEWS FROM THE TAX COLLECTOR: Thank you for paying your taxes on time, as a strong town-wide tax collection rate is beneficial to all. As a result of your punctual payments, our tax collection rate for 2015 was 97.87%.
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 (as of Oct. 1, 2016)
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.