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Southold tax receiver’s office will remain open until 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29

The Southold tax receiver’s office will be open until 4 p.m. on Friday, Supervisor Scott Russell and
Southold Receiver of Taxes George Sullivan announced this afternoon.

All other departments are scheduled to close at 11:30 a.m. due to the holiday but the tax receiver’s office will be open to take payments until 4 p.m. for residents who want to pay property taxes prior to the new year.

For those paying by mail, all payments that are postmarked by Dec. 31 will be considered paid on that date by the tax receiver’s office.

The tax receiver’s office is located at Southold Town Hall, 53095 Main Road in Southold. People who have any questions should call the Southold Town supervisor’s office at (631)765-1889 or the Southold Town tax receiver’s office at (631)765-1803.

Tax receivers’ offices across Suffolk County have been handling an extraordinarily high volume of tax payments this week, following the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22.

The biggest federal tax code overhaul since 1986, the new law caps the deductibility of state and local taxes at $10,000. It has drawn fire from officials in states like New York, where state and local income and property taxes often exceed the $10,000 cap. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the new law will increase federal taxes on New Yorkers by more than $14 billion.

First District Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) broke with his party to vote no on the tax reform bill, which he called “a geographic redistribution of wealth” that penalized states like New York.

“While I support fully maintaining the SALT deduction, a better policy if a change was to be made would have been a phase-down of SALT over a period of time to a level that fully protects middle income itemizers,” Zeldin said.

Though the new law caps the state and local tax deduction at $10,000, it also nearly doubles the standard deduction, from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and from $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples filing jointly. Proponents of the law argue that many taxpayers who now itemize deductions on their federal returns — including deductions for state and local taxes — will no longer need to do so.

Denise Civiletti
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