People Get Jump On Tax Plan By Paying Property Taxes Early

People Get Jump On Tax Plan By Paying Property Taxes Early

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It's an end-of-the-year deadline for people who want to skirt next year's new tax law and the governor is behind it.

The new tax law signed last week by President Donald Trump caps state and local tax deductions at $10,000 dollars.

If people choose to pay early, north country leaders want to make sure they know how.

Even before Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepped in, people in Jefferson County wanted to know if they could get their property tax bills early and pay what they already owe.

"It's something that normally isn't on the radar this time of the year,” Jefferson County Legislature Chair Scott Gray said. “It hasn't been in the past."

Cuomo signed an executive order last Friday that clears the way for people to get hold of those bills and pay what they owe in 2018 property taxes before the end of this year.

The tax law goes into effect on January 1. People who pay before then won't be subject to that $10,000 cap.

Gray says people can view their bills online as of Tuesday.

"So people can search out their own tax bill if they want to instead of waiting for the physical copy," Gray said. “And like I said, they can just print it or just fill out their check if they want to and then take it over to the town clerks."

Payments that are mailed in must be postmarked on or before December 31.

There are also online options in some towns, but not all.

Payments need to be made out to the town you live in.

All municipalities are getting ready to take in payments. Both the city of Watertown and Lewis County have sent out press releases detailing how to make those payments.

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