Lines may be down at the mall, but not at the tax office, where a new law has homeowners rushing to pre-pay their property taxes.
Next year, property tax deductions will be capped at $10,000, whereas this year, there is still no limit.
It means that in offices that allow early payment, you can still be subject to this year's rules if you can pay before the year's end.
At the Cuyahoga County Treasurer's Office Friday, a line stretched out the door and included Moses Yoder.
“I'm claiming last year's taxes and next year's taxes on this year's tax. Next year it's worthless,” he said.
“I didn't really understand all of it, but better safe than sorry,” said David Oswald of Parma.
Some accountants have urged clients to pay early if they can.
“I think there is going to be a rude awakening for a lot of people who have itemized in the past who are going to see their itemized deductions whacked and brought way down and they are going to owe a lot more tax,” said Bryan Lake, tax accountant.
Others, including Kathryn Lyle of Chagrin Falls, point out there are still caveats. For example, some households with higher incomes could find the benefit triggers an 'alternative minimum tax,' which would offset savings.
One Lakewood-based accountant said there could also be headaches with your mortgage company if your tax dollars are in escrow.
A statement from the IRS also points out payment only works if your 2018 property tax assessment is complete.
On Saturday, the Cuyahoga County Treasurer's Office will open from 10AM to 2PM and provide a drop box in the lobby.
Homeowners have the option to pay online at www.treasurer.cuyahogacounty.us