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Seminole County Tax Collector Urges Florida Gov. To Allow Early Tax Payments

Seminole County Tax Collector Urges Florida Gov. To Allow Early Tax Payments

"Unfortunately, we have to tell people under current law people don't have that ability to prepay their taxes", said spokesman Eddie Ayala.

But not every town is taking prepayments, and the rush to save money before the year runs out has caused confusion and frustration in some Philadelphia-area communities.

Hundreds of Orange County residents anxious about changes in the new tax law have called the tax collector's office asking if they can pay their 2018 property taxes in advance to claim the full deduction.

The new law caps the amount taxpayers can deduct for state, local and property taxes at $10,000. "This Executive Order will allow property owners to deduct either part or the full amount of their payment from their federal taxes before the GOP tax bill goes into effect". By filing early, some people are trying to effectively delay that hike for a year by paying their 2018 taxes in advance, though it isn't clear whether doing so will pay off. New Jersey's cap is now $10,000. "Many taxpayers will not be able to come up with thousands of dollars suddenly between Christmas and New Years Day to pay taxes in advance". Pennsylvania's average deduction is about $7,200, according to the IRS. He said homeowners began lining up in the cold an hour before his office opened. "This of course is being driven by the new tax bill that is just being signed into law".

Arlington County will accept prepayments, but reminds taxpayers it's unclear whether prepayment will be helpful for homeowners. While payments can be made online, Fifer said the city prefers payments by check, with the word "prepayment" included. "For Tisbury, we are happy to accept early payments".

Those payments must be credited as received in 2017 as long as they are postmarked on or before December 31, Christie says.

Hutchinson said responsibility for paying property taxes is handled at the county level.

Despite the historic tax overhaul, he said this year doesn't appear to be much different, acknowledging that county taxes usually make up a small piece of the pie.

If you got your tax bill already, payments can be mailed to your municipal tax collecting office as listed on your bill.

"My fun holiday reading is ... going through the bill page by page", she said. "I don't have one resident with taxes above $10,000". Not all towns have the option of making property tax payments online, however.

Andrew Lauden, a business owner in Lower Saucon, was one of those callers Wednesday morning, dismayed to learn that Saucon Valley School District wouldn't accept prepayments. Now that number is capped at $10,000. "It is just not possible for the county to issue its 2018 tax warrants to localities within the next four days for a whole host of legal, operational and practical reasons". The new bill, which goes into effect on January 1, caps federal SALT deductions at $10,000. Payments can be placed in a drop box at City Hall.

But the county felt a need to respond to a demand to pre-pay.

Pennsylvania law allows local tax collectors to take payments once a county gives them the tax rolls at the beginning of the year, John Zurzola, a solicitor for Montgomery County, wrote in a memo to the county treasurer's office. And Cook County, Ill., made it easier to prepay.

And that was before Congress gave final passage to the tax changes.

Still, while you can't prepay income taxes, you can prepay property taxes.

How do I find out if I can prepay? "Tax offices across the county are getting inundated with calls".

Call your municipality tax collector - lists are found on county websites.

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