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While you may consider it simpler to fix a 2009 mistake in 2010, homeowners who have paid additional funds and received no credit for doing so may think otherwise. A mistake of this kind needs to be remedied in the current year for a multitude of reasons, a few of which were mentioned above. Whether those impacts are "few in number" is irrelevant: the mistake was made and some people were overcharged and some were undercharged. People paid the wrong amount of tax, through no fault of their own. This could be recognized and official statements issued to the affected taxpayers, showing the amount of credit owing to or amounts due from them. In that manner, at least the adjustments could be properly calculated and homeowners would know where they stood. If property was changing hands, refunds could be issued to the owners who paid them, or have the figures adjusted by the lawyers at the sale date. The "significant new construction" would be a non-issue, as calculations would be done for the 2009 year (as they should have been) and separately for the 2010 year.

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