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Early tax payment available to avoid 2018 tax hikes

Monroe County tax bills for 2018 will be made available before the end of 2017 so that residents can take advantage of more favorable tax laws that will expire as a result of the Trump administration’s tax reform plan.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced Friday, Dec. 22, that the bill will be prepared and posted online by 9 a.m. on Dec. 29 so that taxpayers can pay them, if they wish, on the last business day of the year.

“We have received many questions from residents about the possibility of paying their property taxes early as a result of recently-passed federal tax reform legislation,” Dinolfo said. She recommended residents consult a tax adviser before deciding whether to pay early. Those who pay their taxes as part of a mortgage escrow plan should contact their lender to see whether early payment is possible.

City of Rochester residents can pay the bills in person at the County Treasurer’s Office, 39 W. Main St., or online. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.  Residents of Monroe County outside of the city can contact their town offices about where and when taxes can be paid.

To pay online, taxpayers should visit www.monroecounty.gov and select “View taxes online.”  A fee of 3 percent is charged for paying with a credit card.

dcarter@bridgetowermedia.com/(585) 363-7275

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