Our Staff

Rochester has been home to Flower City Tax since it's birth in 1983. Company founder, Valarie A. Hill began Flower City Tax & Accounting as an alternative to the large accounting and tax firms that are more interested in their pocketbooks than the customers, and the typical national franchises where you are just a number. Devoted to customer satisfaction and "home-style" financial services, Flower City Tax knows who YOU are and what YOU need in a tax professional.

Accounting Staff

Valarie Hill FCTAValarie Hill, EA  founder of Flower City Tax & Accounting, Valarie is determined that every customer be satisfied, every question be answered, and every deduction be taken.  She has also earned the prestigious title of Enrolled Agent.  An Enrolled Agent is the highest credential awarded by the IRS and is valid in all 50 states.

With 34 years and over 27,300 tax returns under her belt, Valarie has seen the tax laws change hundreds of times. Constant continuing education is the only way to stay on the cutting-edge. Rest assured that your return, whether it be personal, small business or corporate, is prepared using the most up-to-date information and technology. 

Valarie is also a QuickBooks Professional Advisor, ready to solve your QB dilemma, install and set-up your accounting system, and maintain its integrity. Aside from being a tax professional, Valarie is also a wife and mother of 2 kids (if you can call 35 and 32 year olds 'kids") and 2 dogs, Delroy (Pomeranian) and Sunny (Chihuahua).


Penny BelknapPenny Belknap is our Sr. Tax Professional. Having joined us in 2003, her 30+ years of accounting and tax preparation experience makes her a wealth of knowledge in the areas of individual, business, investment and Corporate areas of taxation and finance. Penny's expertise in the QuickBooks world lends itself to excellent customer satisfaction when looking for training solutions to their accounting and software issues. 

She is one of our off-site bookkeepers and QuickBooks professionals, ready to serve your accounting needs in the comfort of your own office.  Penny is also a mother of 1 beautiful daughter Kiara, Petey (White Boxer), Harry (Shihtzu), and 2 cats and an Iguana.


Becky Hollenbeck is returning for her 2nd season at Flower City Tax. Having spent 12 years as a tax specialist with a national firm.  Her specialty returns are individuals, families & sole proprietorship's. She is a mother of 2 beautiful girls and dog mom to Moe, a Maltese Terrier mix.


Payroll Staff

Lori ThompsonLoralee joined the Flower City family in 2004 as an Administrative Assistant . Lori has earned her wings as Payroll Administrator, and manages Flower City Payroll Solutions. Although she may still answer the phone, answer your questions and schedule your appointment, our many payroll clients keep Lori a very busy girl! She is a wife and mom to 2 young adults and a dog mom to a handsome Pitty named Remy.


Support Staff

Brent Schuth our friendly and experienced front desk faces and voices on the phone. They will route your questions, schedule your appointments, call when your bank check or E1 Visa Card is ready to be picked up, or to remind you to come pick up your copies.

Brent Schutch