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Dec. 31 is last day to claim tax exemptions

The end of the year is right around the corner, which means that some taxes, such as property taxes, are due.

The Dec. 31 deadline is causing problems for some counties when it comes to tax collection, but Revenue Commissioner Sherry McSwean says that’s not the case here in Crenshaw County.

“Our revenues are about the same as they usually are,” she said. “We saw an increase in 2007, and a decrease in 2008.”

Though the collections are right on track, McSwean did say that there has been an increased interest in tax exemptions.

“We’re finding that people are more interested than ever in tax exemptions, whether it’s for agricultural use or whatever,” she said.

The end of the month is also the deadline for claiming tax exemptions, such as those for the disabled or over 65.

The revenue commissioner’s office will be open for business on Dec. 31.

“Since we’ll be open, that’ll be the last day to pay without penalty or claim exemptions,” McSwean said.