Town of North Hempstead: “Residents can pay school taxes in December for 2017 deduction.”

Town of North Hempstead: “Residents can pay school taxes in December for 2017 deduction.”

North Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman informs residents that they can pay the second half of their 2017/2018 school taxes anytime in December for the 2017 deduction.

With the passage of  500-page, $1.5 trillion tax bill approved by Republicans in Congress and signed into law by President Trump this week, which ends the full deductibility of state and local taxes, offering instead a $10,000 cap for deducting property, sales, and state income taxes, many North Hempstead property owners have been inquiring if it is possible for them to pre-pay their 2018 General property tax bills, taking the deduction in 2017 instead of 2018.

According to Berman, for homeowners to pre-pay their taxes, the Nassau County Executive must first sign and release the 2018 General Tax warrant, along with the tax amounts, during the week of Dec. 25. 

The town cannot accept estimated payments for property taxes and residents must first call 311 after Dec. 27 to get the exact amount owed and their 2018 General Tax Bill number, if available. If not calling from within the town, dial (516) 869-6311.

Tax payments made by mail without a stub must include the bill number and the property’s section, block, and lot.

Payments should be mailed at the post office with a postmark date stamp, preferably with tracking. Additionally, 2018 general tax payments will be accepted online on the town’s website after Dec. 27, if available.

The town will be mailing 2018 general tax bills to residents in January, as is the usual schedule.

“We are working as best we can with the County to get the tax rolls as soon as possible,” Berman said. “Once again, I would like to stress that North Hempstead Town residents can pay the second half of their 2017/2018 school taxes anytime in December for the 2017 deduction.”

For questions regarding deductibility of the pre-payment of property taxes on Federal income taxes, Berman encourages taxpayers to contact the Internal Revenue Service and/or their tax or accounting professional.

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