March 21, 2009

BICOASTAL TAX CHUTZPAH: CA & NY Congressmen Say They Live in Maryland to Claim Property Tax Break on Million Dollar Vacation Homes.

California congressman Pete Stark has improperly claimed a Maryland lakefront home (assessed at $1.7 million) as his primary residence in order to qualify for a special real estate tax break . . . Earlier this month, Congressmen Eliot Engel, a lifelong resident of the Bronx, was outed for claiming the Maryland real estate tax break on his Maryland home (formerly owned by ABC’s Ted Koppel and Wonder Woman Lynda Carter) assessed at $938,000.

Since they’re supposed to be residents of the states they represent, someone should move for their expulsion. . . . I’d also be interested in finding out how they managed to own such expensive vacation homes on a Congressional salary.

And regardless, this certainly explains, once again, why these guys are so comfortable with high taxes — they don’t pay ’em anyway. A government of the tax cheats, for the tax cheats and, especially, by the tax cheats.

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