U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey is figuring out how much he owes in back taxes after improperly claiming a homestead exemption for his Washington D.C. home.
The Marietta Republican was one of “a handful” of congressmen who have done so, according to Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper.
Gingrey spokesman Chris Jackson said the application was an oversight. “Now it’s just really a matter of making sure it gets fixed, and figuring out restitution,” he told the Insider today. “We’’re glad they let us know.”
Here’s the web site Gingrey is using to arrange matters.
The deduction eased annual property taxes by hundreds of dollars, according to the newspaper.
Roll Call reported that Gingrey’s wife, Billie, was the sole purchaser of a three-bedroom row house in 2004. The property is valued at about $705,000, with a taxable value of $637,000.
No doubt the episode will result in wry commentary at the state Capitol, where debate in the Senate has focused on how quickly the chamber should be able to boot tax scoflaws from their seats.
Meanwhile, back at ajc.com:
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