WOODSTOCK – An unprecedented number of McHenry County residents stood in lines in the bitter cold last week to do something most people hate to do: pay property taxes.
The lines out the door of the McHenry County Treasurer’s Office were filled with people hoping to take advantage of a tax deduction that will be capped under a sweeping federal tax code overhaul signed by President Donald Trump.
But after an IRS advisory warning that prepayments could be deducted only in certain circumstances, there has been confusion among McHenry County residents and officials about whether they’ll be able to deduct their property taxes after all.
“I really don’t know,” said McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller, who estimates more than 6,500 residents visited her office last week to beat the Dec. 29 deadline to prepay property taxes. “It really has put all these people in turmoil and confusion."