Ever since Congress passed its overhaul of the nation’s tax code, Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher’s staff has increasingly fielded calls from people wanting to pay their 2018 property taxes before a new limit on local deductions kicks in.
Those callers get a disappointing answer. Lasher says his hand’s are tied under state law and that his office can’t take early payments.
The new tax law, which was signed by President Donald Trump on Friday, places a new limit of $10,000 on deductions for state and local sales and property taxes. That’s caused concern among some residents of Washington, and elsewhere, that they’ll end up with a higher federal tax bill.
Lasher said that his office has received phone calls from taxpayers wanting to prepay their 2018 property tax bill so they can take the full deduction before the new law goes into place.
“If someone sent in a check, we would return it, because we have nowhere to apply it,” said Lasher.