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Some local and state property taxes can be prepaid for 2018

Governor Malloy does not plan to sign an executive order requiring pre-payments of local property taxes, a move that would let residents deduct the payment from federal taxes.  His office says it's impractical to mandate that municipalities accept pre-payments because communities have not yet set tax rates for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2018. Property tax collection is also a local, not a state, matter. 


New York's and New Jersey's governors signed orders requiring municipalities to accept pre-paid local taxes before a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions goes into effect next year.


The Redding Tax Collector's office has received a number of calls from residents about pre-payment of 2018 taxes. Taxes that are due in January can be paid now.  Redding officials say Connecticut State Statute only gives them the authority to accept the January 2018, installment due, as a pre-payment, not taxes that become due in July 2018.  Taxes can also be paid online, with the necessary fee. Redding Town Hall is closed on Fridays.


Newtown officials have also been fielding questions about pre-paying 2018 taxes.  Real estate and personal property tax payment for the period starting January 1st can be collected during these remaining few days of 2017.  The Tax Collector’s office is closing at noon on Friday for the New Year's holiday.  For those that escrow their taxes any payment would need to be coordinated via the respective bank.  Newtown is reminding residents that the town is not able to accept advance payments for the period July 2018.  The officials advised that the information is not intended to be treated as tax advice. 


Some towns have quarterly installments for property taxes.  In Ridgefield and in Danbury, tax bills due in January and April can be pre-paid by the end of the year because they are installments of a bill from July 2017.  Payments due in July, 2018 will not be accepted, in part because the rates have not yet been set locally.


If your taxes are mailed and postmarked by December 31, 2017, with a U. S. postmark, they are considered to be paid in 2017, and will be posted as such.

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