Hennepin Co. extends hours as more Minnesotans prepay property taxes

Kevin P. Coughlin | Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Thousands of homeowners in high-tax states are standing in line this week to grab hold of a chance to pay their property taxes early, a move that they hope will lower their 2017 federal tax bills and still allow them to take advantage of 2018's tax cut.

Rockland county taxpayers can pre-pay their 2018 town and county taxes on Thursday and Friday to take advantage of federal tax deductions before federal tax reform becomes law on January 1. The county said the extended hours are a result of the new federal tax law and its potential impacts on property taxes. High on their lists was giving to charity, with almost 50 percent suggesting they are likely to increase their 2017 charitable contributions, which can be tax deductible."At Liberty Tax, we recognize tax reform as an issue of concern to taxpayers", said Liberty Tax CEO Ed Brunot.

The line on December 27, 2017, to pay 2018 property taxes in advance stretched out the doors of the Fairfax County tax office in Fairfax, a Virginia suburb of the District of Columbia.

That echoes criticism New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has voiced against the tax overhaul law.

Not all cities and counties allow homeowners to pay taxes that haven't been levied yet.

In Wabasha County, Auditor/Treasurer Denise Anderson said her office had taken in $100,000 in prepaid taxes by 2 p.m. Tuesday, which she compared to the $139,000 prepaid taxes collected throughout the whole year in 2016.

To ensure that payments made by check are deposited and cleared by the end of the year, checks should be received no later than Thursday, Dec. 28.

In Chemung and Tompkins counties too, taxpayers must speak with their individual tax collector to determine if prepayment will be accepted.

Cuomo today issued an emergency Executive Order to help protect property owners in ny from the devastating impact of the GOP tax bill. The deduction is popular in high-tax states and used by many who itemize taxes in the Philadelphia region. Check the county website to look up your tax bill in Onondaga County.

At least two Westchester towns - Bedford and Cortlandt - will accept prepayment of town taxes later this week, according to Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi and Brian Healy, senior office assistant to Supervisor Chris Burdick. "I don't have one resident with taxes above $10,000". By last week, 6,600 people had done so - more than three times as many as a year ago.

Despite that, local tax collector's offices are getting swamped with calls.

"There's definitely some more", she said.

The IRS hasn't yet said how it would handle prepayments.

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