Long lines at tax offices as homeowners try to beat hike

December 27, 2017 - 12:48 pm

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Homeowners are lining up in droves at local tax collection offices, hoping for a last chance to take a major tax deduction before it is wiped out next year.

In Hempstead, New York, town Tax Receiver Donald Clavin said "thousands" of people packed his office Tuesday trying to pay their 2018 property taxes a year in advance.

Similar scenes played out at government offices in towns and counties around the country with high local taxes.

The federal tax overhaul signed by President Donald Trump last week puts a new $10,000 limit on deductions for state and local taxes.

People in some states are trying to delay that hike for a year by paying their 2018 taxes early.

The IRS hasn't yet said how it would handle prepayments.

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