Chelsea IrizarryDec 26, 2017, 4:46 pmDec 27, 2017, 6:20 pm

Long Islanders scramble to pay ’18 taxes in face of new law

The IRS has not yet officially determined if they will even allow prepayment of 2018 property taxes to be deducted

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HEMPSTEAD — Long Islanders are flocking to their nearest receiver of taxes office to pre-pay their property taxes before the new year so they can avoid the loss of deductions before the federal tax code takes effect.

The sudden rush sparked a response from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, as he announced that the county will provide additional help to town tax receiver offices

Bellone says the county will make available, and on an as-needed basis, county clerical and customer service staff, at no cost to the town.

The new federal tax law that will take effect will slam many Long Islanders hard by limiting the deduction on state, local and property taxes to $10,000. But taxpayers will be able to pay or provide a partial payment of 2018 taxes due to an executive order signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Though the IRS has not yet officially determined if they will even allow prepayment of 2018 property taxes to be deducted.

On Wednesday, Congressman Tom Suozzi wrote a letter to the IRS requesting they allow Long Islanders to do so, saying "it would allow folks to save some money before the effects of this tax plan really begin to devastate local families." In the letter, Suozzi requested the IRS confirm and announce a decision on or before Dec. 31.

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