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How do you pay real estate taxes?

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Taxpayers can typically make direct real estate tax payments in person, by mail, online and by phone depending on local options. People often pay real estate taxes as part of their monthly mortgage payments, in which case the mortgage company pays the taxes to the town or city and/or county.

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To pay a real estate tax bill in person, visit the address specified on the bill during business hours. Acceptable forms of payment may include cash, check, money order and credit or debit card. To pay by mail, send a check along with a bill stub to the address specified on the bill. To avoid late charges, the envelope must bear a postmark on or before the date the payment is due.

To pay by phone, call the number provided on the bill, and follow the instructions. For online payments, visit the town/city and/or county website, and follow the instructions. Payment options may include direct debit from a checking account or use of a credit or debit card. Service fees may apply for payments made with credit and/or debit cards.

Some localities have systems in place that permit prepayment of real estate taxes via automatic installments debited directly from the taxpayer's checking account. If this option is available, the taxpayer must generally consult with the taxing authority to set up the installment payments.

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