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My city accepted my property tax payment, and then applied it to my water bill account.

I discovered this at the very beginning of the year and had to write a new check (long story) and request a refund from the water department.

Can I treat this an internal accounting problem of the city's, and claim on my 2011 return the amount I paid the city for property taxes (which they put in the wrong bucket)? (Over 2011 and 2012 together it will wash out with the additional payment and the refund.)

- Megan
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