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The property tax bill for my home (primary residence) includes an annual sewer charge of several hundred dollars. The charge is assessed to each residence in the sewer district’s service area. I’m leaning toward the conclusion that this is not deductible, based on this from Pub. 530: “You cannot deduct the charge as a real estate tax if it is… a periodic charge for a residential service such as a… $240 annual fee charged for trash collection…” Am I missing something, or is this is really a utility bill (and therefore non-deductible) in the eyes of the IRS, despite the fact that it’s paid via my tax bill? I can’t opt out of the service, and I’d have to pay even if the house stood vacant for the full year, if either of those facts matter.
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