Rush to pay 2018 taxes in Orange and Sullivan starts Wednesday

Several towns in Orange and Sullivan counties have issued instructions for homeowners to follow next week if they want to pay their 2018 property taxes before Jan. 1 to beat a new, $10,000 deduction limit for property and state income taxes that Congress just imposed in its revision of the federal tax code.

Both counties had set their warrant dates for 2018 taxes at Dec. 27, which enables property owners to begin paying their bills for county and town or city taxes on Wednesday and apply them to their 2017 tax returns.

Thompson Supervisor Bill Reiber announced that his town’s tax bills will be posted online on Thursday and can be found at www.taxlookup.net. Homeowners can write a check to the Town of Thompson Tax Collector and mail the printed bill and payment to 4052 Route 42, P.O. Box 240, Monticello, N.Y. 12701. Payments must be received or postmarked by Dec. 31 to be recorded as paid in 2017.

Thompson taxpayers also can pay in person at Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Monroe Town Clerk Mary Ellen Beams said Monroe bills will be online by noon on Wednesday and can be viewed and paid by credit card on the town website, www.monroeny.org. Monroe homeowners also can pay in person at her office at 1465 Orange Turnpike from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Payments mailed to Beams should be postmarked no later than Dec. 31 to be applied to 2017 federal taxes.

Town of Fallsburg bills also will be online on Thursday at www.taxlookup.net. Town Clerk Donna Akerley will accept tax payments at Town Hall in South Fallsburg from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Checks made out to the Town of Fallsburg Tax Collector also can be mailed to Town Hall at 19 Railroad Plaza, P.O. Box 2019, South Fallsburg, N.Y. 12779.

Middletown Treasurer Donald Paris says that city residents looking to beat the Jan. 1 deadline can pay their 2018 city and county taxes at his office in City Hall at 16 James St. on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Collection hours are between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

All Sullivan County towns post their tax bills online at www.taxlookup.net. Every Orange County town but one releases its bills on egov.basgov.com (the Town of Newburgh posts its bills on its own website, www.townofnewburgh.org).

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