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The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue is demanding $2,338 in back property taxes, interest and penalties from Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, who wrongly claimed a homestead tax deduction on his Capitol Hill townhouse reserved for D.C. homeowners who claim their property as their "principal residence."
Rep. Nick J. Rahall II is the only lawmaker among 107 in Congress who own property in the District to claim a homestead deduction, taking advantage of a tax deduction reserved for D.C. homeowners who claim their D.C. property as their "principal residence," tax records show.
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Mr. Rahall initially said during a telephone interview in October that he did not know if he had claimed the homestead deduction on the D.C. townhouse, telling a reporter to check with his accountant but hanging up before giving the accountant's name.
Reached at his home in Beckley, W.Va., Mr. Rahall said he didn't know "if I have it or not" when asked about the deduction.