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Wednesday July 18th, 2018 4:12AM

Eden: Hold off before trying to prepay your property tax

By Scott Kimbler Reporter
The Hall County Tax Office is being flooded with calls this week from people wanting to prepay property taxes for 2018, before 2017 ends, according to local tax officials. 
 
Tax Commissioner Darla Eden said that in Georgia, property owners may not prepay property tax until assessments are complete.
 
"Until a tax is assessed, a tax commissioner is prohibited by law to accept any property tax payments without an approved digest and the order to bill and collect is ordered by the Georgia Department of Revenue," Eden said.
 
"Historically, the digest is approved by the state in the summer - end of July - so in approximately July of 2018, which is two months prior to when the bills go out, is when someone can make a payment on property tax," Eden said.
 
Eden said the rush has come, in part, from TV commentators advising people to take advantage of certain deductions before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act begins in 2018.
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