Municipalities Scramble to Accommodate Prepayment of 2018 Taxes

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But the new law caps the deduction at $10,000, either for property taxes and local income taxes, or sales tax. As for the SALT deduction, the tax law limits the deduction to $10,000 and includes measures to prevent taxpayers from deducting state and local income taxes they may prepay in 2017.More than 27 percent said they likely would increase college tax credits.

Cuomo conceded that prepayment may be hard for some households, the outlet reported. Town taxes are due April. 30.

"Westchester County has looked into the feasibility of having residents pre-pay their county taxes", said Astorino's senior adviser Ned McCormack.

"It really complicates things", he said, pointing out that the first tax bills are not even generated until the first quarter.

Similar scenes played out at tax collection offices around the country in places with high local taxes.

"I'm sending my checks in today", says Vanessa Merton of Hastings-On-Hudson, N.Y. She estimates the law change will cost her between $6,000 and $9,000. And two, Florida tax collectors are not allowing it.

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In previous years, if taxpayers who itemized doubled up on property-tax payments in one year, they would have no property taxes to deduct the next year. Cuomo conceded that pre-paying some or all of next year's estimated property taxes may not be an option for many NY households. "We're encouraging people to pay online because the payment is immediately accepted and it's easy for people". NY governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order last week encouraging counties to accelerate the process of preparing local property tax bills so that they can be prepayed.

Clarkstown Town Supervisor George Hoehmann said town offices throughout the county will be open to 5 p.m. on Thursday and 7 p.m. on Friday to accommodate those who want to pay in person.

Orange Tax Collector Scott Randolph said the bill signed by President Donald Trump last week will have a sweeping impact on people's property tax bills beginning next year and in 2019, when next year's federal income taxes are filed.

"Everybody is trying to do what they think is the right thing to do", said Sizemore, who made it clear that his department can not offer tax advice. In other words, this has become a political issue no one really anticipated, at a time of year when most people are not giving much thought to their local governments.

In the spirit of the Shared Services collaboration, County Executive Bellone this morning directed his staff to contact every town Tax Receiver in Suffolk County to inform them that the county will make available, on an as needed basis, county clerical and customer service staff at no cost to the town to support their ongoing efforts in responding to a surge of residents trying to pre-pay their 2018 property taxes. Taxpayers can accelerate the second-half payments for the 2017-18 school year and pay them by December 31 so the full deduction can be taken for 2017, said Dobbs Ferry Mayor Bob McLoughlin.

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