Taxpayers flood City Hall, checkbooks in hand

December 28, 2017 05:51 PM

ALBANY - Albanians are lining up - literally - to pay their taxes -- their 2018 taxes.

"I can save some money over what next year is going to be, so I figured I'd better get down here," explained resident Ken Mortensen.

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Residents are cashing in - this year - on a deduction that the new federal tax bill would limit.  

"Really makes a big difference for me when I file my taxes and how much I'll get back," said taxpayer Judith Hanson.

The 2018 pre-payment required that municipalities scramble to coordinate with their tax and software providers, plus plan for adequate staffing during a holiday week.  

"We started to get inquiries two weeks ago, so we worked really hard to make sure we had the infrastructure in place to handle the mad rush we expected," explained Darius Shahinfar, Albany's treasurer.

As of 4 p.m., 324 people in Albany prepaid their 2018 taxes online and an additional 350 more, approximately, paid in person. While there was a line, most people were in and out in less than five minutes.

"This was easy. I walked right up and paid it, it was easy," added Vince Matteo.

You can pay in person at City Hall on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  You can pay 23 hours/day online but that option is unavailable at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.


Abigail Bleck

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