Residents pack town halls amid rush to prepay property taxesPosted: Updated:
Tax offices at town halls are packed Friday as people scramble to prepay their property taxes.
News 12 was at Mount Pleasant Town Hall where people lined up on the last day to get a maximum deduction. The new federal tax code passed earlier this month caps property tax deductions at $10,000. Many homeowners in the Hudson Valley and Westchester far exceed that amount.
Town officials say there has been massive misunderstanding about which kind of taxes residents can prepay since Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order last week allowing municipalities to accept prepayment.
"The process has changed over and over again. As each day has unfolded, there's been different advice, different legal options," says Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi. "To this day, we don't even know if the IRS will totally accept the deduction for 2017."
Marc Wilenzick, of Briarcliff Manor, says he's willing to take his chances on the IRS. He said he's not happy that he can't prepay county taxes too, since Westchester County has refused to issue a tax warrant.
"This is terrible given all the other counties are doing it," said Wilenzick.
Many offices are accepting checks by mail, as long as they are postmarked by Dec. 31.