TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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Can I deduct property/real estate taxes paid in a prior or later year?

Be sure to claim the deduction in the year that the payment was made, whether you made the payment directly to the taxing authority, or your lender made the payment to the taxing authority on your behalf. 

  • If you pay your property taxes as part of your monthly mortgage payment, you only get credit for making a real estate tax payment once your lender takes the money from your escrow account and makes a payment to the taxing authority on your behalf.

Example: If you (or your lender, acting on your behalf) paid your 2017 property tax on December 14, 2016—claim it on your 2016 return.