The City received numerous inquiries from residents regarding the prepayment of their real estate tax bills.
The tax bills the City mailed in December 2017 are considered the 2017 taxes because they are based upon the property value established by our assessor on January 1, 2017. These may be prepaid by December 31, 2017.
Some taxpayers have expressed an interest in prepaying their 2018 taxes based upon an estimate since these taxes will not be determined until December of 2018. Unfortunately, on December 22, all communities in the State of Wisconsin received notification from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, that we are prohibited from accepting prepayment of the 2018 real estate taxes at this time. Wisconsin State Statute 74.13 limits the collection of 2018 taxes to the period of August 1, 2018 to December 17, 2018. The IRS has issued an IRS Advisory with a similar notification.
Again, because each individuals tax situation may be different, we recommend consulting with a tax professional to maximize your deductions.