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As I just got my california property tax bill, with installments due in december and april.....and I'm setting up the payments to be paid electronically....

I'm assuming that this year this is no great incentive to pay off the April installment before Dec 31 (my 2018 income will remain the same as 2019). Am I correct in this assumption??

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated any advantage from paying your full property tax bill in December by increasing the Standard Deduction and suspending the Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions. Without the Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions, I will be forced to switch from itemizing to using the Standard Deduction.

As far as property taxes are concerned, I started paying the full amount in December two decades ago. I'll continue doing this out of force of habit and because it is simpler. Besides you only reap the benefit of paying your property taxes in full the year that you switch from paying the property taxes in installments.
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