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A D.C. tax office memorandum says a member of Congress who owns a house in the District but maintains a residence in his home state where he votes “cannot claim the District’s homestead deduction.” The memo describes the member’s principal residence as the house in the area the lawmaker represents.

The congressman has owned a 10-room house in Beckley since 1995. The Raleigh County, W.Va., Assessor’s Office taxes that home at the lower owner-occupied rate — half the rate for houses not occupied by the owner.