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Taxpayers rushing to prepay property taxes before the end of the year

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Phones at the Monroe County Office building, and many surrounding town halls have been ringing off the hook this week.

"Well, we did stop counting over the past few days, quite a number of phone calls and other towns have said the same. I don't know if it's more than 100, 200, 300 but it's quite a bit," siad Robert Franklin, Monroe County CFO. 

All reacting to the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Franklin says there's been a lot of calls from people looking to prepay their property taxes, so many that they, and several other towns, are extending their hours to accommodate people. 

"we actually offer the opportunity to prepay taxes every year, usually it's about 40-50 people but now given how the landscape has changed we expect far more than that," said Dave Seeley, Irondequoit Town Supervisor. 

That's because, there could be benefits for certain people if they prepay before the first of the year.

"We've been getting calls all day long about if people should pay their property taxes early, and yes you should if you itemize deductions and if you're not subject to AMT tax and you need to call the county to do it right and get the exact amount that you should pay," said Stephen Stokes, a CPA. 

Stokes says because of the new tax bill and confusion surrounding it, people are rushing to figure out if they would fall into the category who could save some extra money by prepaying. 

There are a few different ways you can prepay, show up at town hall and have them help you there, or money order or check, but CPA's say if you do mail it, make sure it's certified mail and that's dated before the first of the year. 
    


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