Service charges used to maintain or improve services (such as trash collection or police and fire protection) are deductible as real estate taxes if:
The fees or charges are imposed at a like rate against all property in the taxing jurisdiction,
The funds collected are not earmarked; instead, they are commingled with general revenue funds, and
Funds used to maintain or improve services are not limited to or determined by the amount of these fees or charges collected.
Most people don't realize these fees are not deductible, and just deduct the total on their bill.
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