Montgomery County Council OKs property tax prepayment in emergency vote

Montgomery County Council OKs property tax prepayment in emergency vote

The Clarkstown office phone was ringing off the hook, Sweet said, with residents calling with questions. The limit also covers state and local income and sales taxes, but the bill prohibits people from prepaying those taxes. By Saturday, Fifer said, the city had received more than $1.6 million in prepayments.

Many state residents are scrambling to pay their taxes before a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions goes into effect. Auburn's 2018 county tax bill is a 1.36-percent increase from 2017.

New Jersey homeowners have good reason to be nervous about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which caps at $10,000 the amount of state and local taxes they can deduct on their federal income tax return. Yet, other jurisdictions allow mailed payment to count so long as it is postmarked by December 31.

"Only some Auburnians will be able to take advantage of the resolution we pass here today", Carabajal said.

For Rick Goldstein of Abington Township, attempts to prepay ended in frustration.

County residents may prepay their 2018 property taxes under emergency legislation passed Tuesday by the County Council. A clerk will be able to tell them how much they owe exactly, but residents will not be allowed to pre-pay their school taxes, billed in September, Sweet said.

Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph says he's getting hundreds of calls from residents who want to pay next year's taxes early so they can take a bigger deduction next year.

Lewis County's homepage - www.lewiscounty.org - now includes a link to the 2018 tax rolls in each town.

County and municipal tax bills have not been generated yet, in part because some of the 76 municipalities are still in the process of setting their 2018 tax rates, Beers said. Checks - with the word "prepayment" in the memo field - can be placed in drop boxes in the county government building, to avoid standing in line.

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New Jersey is home to the nation's highest property taxes, and there is now no limit in how much homeowners can claim in property taxes on their federal income tax returns.

State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, said Christie's order will help not only taxpayers but municipalities that will get a windfall of cash.

But even prepayment can cause some confusion.

Those who pay their property taxes with an escrow account should contact their mortgage lender to see if the company can pre-pay their taxes for them.

Several towns in New Jersey are accepting prepaid taxes.

Communities across the country are grappling with the same issue this week.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie believes that the feds will be more forgiving of taxpayers' intentions and issued an executive order Wednesday requiring towns to accept prepayments through December 31.

Montgomery County, Maryland, just outside of Washington DC, did not previously allow for pre-payment. It's still unclear whether the IRS will allow taxpayers to take deductions for 2017 based on those prepayments of 2018 taxes.

"My fun holiday reading is ... going through the bill page by page", she said.

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