Two towns to accept early tax payments

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By STEPHEN WILLIAMS

Gazette Reporter

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo encouraging municipalities to accept early payments of 2018 taxes, more towns are offering to accept money as soon as they receive the county tax warrant, which usually happens between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Glenville officials had initially said they couldn’t collect taxes before Jan. 1, but on Friday said Cuomo’s executive order will allow the town to start collection as soon as the warrant is posted to the town’s website. The warrant is expected to be posted by late in the day on Tuesday, and that the town tax receiver will accept full payments in person on Wednesday and Thursday. Mailed tax bills are still unlikely to hit mailboxes before Jan. 1.

In Charlton, Town Supervisor Alan Grattidge said tax bills will be mailed on Tuesday, and the tax collector will be at Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Homeowners across New York state have expressed interest in paying early because the new federal tax bill sets limits on the deductibility of state and local tax payments, starting Jan. 1. It appears that 2018 payments made in 2017 will be fully deductible on 2017 tax returns, though officials generally suggest people consult a tax professional before making an early payment.

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