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Prepayment of real estate taxes: It's a no in Montgomery Co.

Montgomery County says its tax collectors aren't permitted to accept prepayment for 2018 real estate taxes.

The county continues to receive numerous inquiries about prepayment, but the law in Pennsylvania says you can't prepay property taxes until they are assessed, and the timing of assessments varies depending on where you live.

That's why some neighboring counties have been able to accept prepaid property taxes. It's because they're governed by "Home Rule" and in certain instances, have already issued tax assessments. 

Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and other counties however, are not governed by "Home Rule" and must work with Pennsylvania tax collection requirements. 

"The county understands that our residents are concerned by the recent changes in the tax bill, and our staff is working hard to understand how those changes impact our taxpayers," said Montgomery County Treasurer Jason E. Salus in a news release. "However, given existing state law, it is not possible for Montgomery County residents to prepay their 2018 property tax."

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