Controversial Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene could be facing charges of tax fraud in her home state, according to a report from WSB-TV, which found that Greene and her husband claimed a homestead exemption on two separate properties even though state law clearly states a homeowner can only legally claim one such exemption:
“A Channel 2 Action News investigation has found that Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband have two active homestead exemptions, which is against Georgia law.
“A homestead exemption is a big tax break any Georgia homeowner is entitled to for their primary residence. It is against the law to file for more than one.
“But Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray pulled records showing that the Greenes are getting the tax break on two different homes in two different counties.”
William Perry is the founder of the nonprofit Georgia Ethics Watchdogs, and he explained how the homestead exemption works in the Peach State:
“You get a tax break for your permanent residence. But you don’t get to do that in two places. That’s against the law.”
The paperwork filed for homestead exemption by the Greene and her husband suggests they were trying to skirt the law:
“In the Floyd county application, Greene’s husband left blank the line that asked if they had another active exemption on any property.
“But Fulton County tax officials confirm to Gray, that Greene never stopped getting the tax break on the Fulton property.”
According to a statement from the Fulton County Board of Assessors:
“The property owners filed for homestead exemption in Fulton County in May of 2019 and it became effective for the 2020 tax year. Per GA law, you can only have one homestead exemption. In this case, Fulton County will consult with Floyd County to confirm and determine in which county the exemption is not valid.”
That could mean that Greene and her husband will be facing a major property tax bill in one of the two counties.
Contacted for a comment on the report from WSB, Greene fired off an angry statement which reads:
“Georgians care about their livelihoods and their family’s safety. Yet WSB is focused on paperwork, which is being taken care of. I’m a proud resident of the 14th district. Justin Gray needs to mind his own business instead of launching yet another pathetic attempt to smear me and my family.”
How exactly is it an attempt to “smear” someone by reporting facts that involve an elected official who serves in the U.S. House of Representatives? It isn’t, and Greene is enraged simply because she got caught trying to cheat the system.
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