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Scarsdale Village to Permit Prepayment of 2018 Property Taxes

cuomo(Saturday December 23, 2017) This just in from the Scarsdale Village Manager's Office: Scarsdale Village will accept prepayment of 2018 property taxes this week. Payments must be made in person through December 29 or by mail, postmarked on or before December 31. No online payments can be made. This follows an executive order from Governor Andrew Cuomo:

(From the Village) Pursuant to Governor Cuomo's December 22, 2017 Executive Order temporarily suspending certain sections of New York State tax law, the Village is now able to provide for the prepayment of 2018 property taxes prior to the end of the 2017 calendar year. Prepayment of 2018 property taxes may assist property owners in preserving income tax deductions associated with local property taxes that would otherwise be largely lost as a result of the recently adopted federal tax reform measure. The Village makes no representation, however, regarding the deductibility of prepaid taxes which will ultimately be decided by the United States Treasury.

The Village will accept prepayment for Westchester County, School and Village property taxes. As the applicable 2018 tax warrants for all three taxes will not be issued by the taxing authorities prior to December 31, 2017, property owners are asked to pay the same amount for each of the three separate taxes as was owed in 2017. Please be advised that the tax amounts billed for 2017 are available on the Village website, www.scarsdale.com. On the Front Page of the website, click on the icon titled "Property Inquiry" located in the center of the red tool bar. Navigate by street name and address to find your 2017 property tax payment information. If you have any issues accessing the website or have additional questions, please contact the Village Treasurer's Office at (914) 722-1170. The Village Offices reopen on Tuesday, December 26th at 9:00 a.m.

Property owners interested in prepayment can issue one or more checks made out to the "Village of Scarsdale." Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order, payments may be made in person at Village Hall from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. through December 29, 2017. The Drop Box at Village Hall will be closed at the end of business December 29, 2017. Payments may also be mailed and will be accepted with a United States postmark, Federal Express or UPS shipment dated on or before December 31, 2017. Postage meter marks are not acceptable.

Please note that on-line banking checks issued through personal or business accounts are not postmarked and cannot be accepted if received after December 31st. On-line payments through the Village's on-line payment option at www.scarsdale.com, are also allowed under the Order, however the Village cannot currently accept such payments. We are working with our vendor on creating the necessary file for the 2018 Estimated Taxes. Please check the website for updates in this regard, and please sign-up for the "Notify Me" application on the website to receive additional information on this matter.

Please understand that the prepayment of some, all, or none of these property taxes is optional. Should property owners avail themselves of this option, the necessary adjustments to the payment amounts will be made during the normal tax billing cycles in 2018.

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-1 #8 Marc Carter 2017-12-27 11:29
Unfortunately this is a bit of a moving target. I just came from Village Hall with a single check for my School, Village and County taxes. As expected there was a line, which is okay given the circumstances.

I was told by one of the Town clerks that they cannot accept pre-payment for the County since the County announced they will not have the warrants ready in time. The clerk also told me that they want two separate checks, one for the School taxes and one for the Village. She was unsure if the School will have their warrants on time.

Why can't the village send out an up-dated Robo call and emails, outlining the new situation?
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+8 #7 Good job village hall too 2017-12-25 09:23
Agree with other poster. Village hall has gone above and beyond for this kudos.
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+11 #6 Good job village hall 2017-12-24 11:16
Unlike some posters here I would like to congratulate Village Hall for mobilizing very quickly. It was only yesterday that the Governor issued the order allowing prepayment. I thiink that the Village has acted very expeditiously as a result
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+6 #5 Figure it out first! 2017-12-24 10:38
If you use tax software such as TurboTax, I suggest you clear your schedule as I am and perform an emergency calculation if whether prepayment makes financial sense for you. The 3017 update to TurboTax is already available.
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-9 #4 Brite Ave 2017-12-23 23:02
Is the online payment system working yet? Many of us traveling and don’t have our checkbook. Separately, have to say Scarsdale has not done a good job on this when this situation has been anticipated for weeks.
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+8 #3 Hysteria 2017-12-23 21:49
May I suggest looking into fully funding an ira or a
401k. This reduces adjusted gross income and may help
avoid an AMT issue even if you prepay plus you still have control over the funds and may even grow in value depending on how you invest them
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+8 #2 Beth Stein 2017-12-23 20:47
Prepayment does not mean you will get a deduction. Everyone's tax situation is different depending on AMT. Please consult an accountant or tax expert.

Quoting long time resident:
The village should clarify a bit more that the Governor's executive order of 12/22 allows for partial prepayment of property taxes so residents should be able to pay all or a portion of each of the 2018 county, school or village taxes based on 2017 amounts paid. Presumably which taxes are being prepaid should be specified to keep the records accurate.

Thank you to the Village Manager's office for quickly publishing the permission to prepay and to the Village staff for handling the payments this coming week. .
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+5 #1 long time resident 2017-12-23 17:53
The village should clarify a bit more that the Governor's executive order of 12/22 allows for partial prepayment of property taxes so residents should be able to pay all or a portion of each of the 2018 county, school or village taxes based on 2017 amounts paid. Presumably which taxes are being prepaid should be specified to keep the records accurate.

Thank you to the Village Manager's office for quickly publishing the permission to prepay and to the Village staff for handling the payments this coming week. .
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