Tax law change fills town coffers

By Susan Mustapich | Jan 02, 2018

CAMDEN — The work week between Christmas and New Year's Day was unusually busy at the Camden Town Office due to the passage of a new federal tax law that will limit the amount of state and local taxes that can be deducted on federal tax returns beginning in 2018.

Town Clerk Katrina Oakes and Finance Director Jody Hanson were extremely busy for four days processing property tax payments in the front office and over the telephone. Due to planned holiday vacations, they were the only staff in the front office.

Hanson reported Jan. 2 that the town of Camden took in $817,312 in property tax payments from Dec. 26 to Dec. 29. During the same four days between Christmas and New Year's Day in 2016, the town received about $158,000 in property tax payments.

Hanson, who does not normally staff the front office said she enjoyed all of the interaction with customers. It was as if it was the May 1st due date, she said.

Property tax due dates for taxes assessed in 2017 are Oct. 16, 2017, and May 1, 2018. As a result of the federal tax change in deductions for state and local taxes, many of the May 1 tax bills were paid in advance.

Some also estimated their 2018-19 taxes, and made payments based on their estimates, Hanson said.

Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell said that the federal tax law change has had a huge impact on local governments everywhere, and that she was thrilled that many paid their taxes last week.

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