Herschel Walker May applying for a tax break for his primary residence in Texas while running for the Georgia Senate add to the long list of eyebrow-raising reports he will likely have to explain in the final weeks of his campaign. Public records show that Walker, a Republican, currently benefits from a tax break on a home he owns in Dallas that applies only if that home is your “principal residence,” CNN’s KFile first reported Wednesday. He reportedly claimed the tax exemption in both 2021 and 2022 after submitting his bid for the Georgia Senate. As CNN noted, claiming the approximately $1,500 in savings in Texas “may violate Texas tax laws and some Georgian regulations on establishment of residence for the purpose of voting or running for office.”
Walker is in a December 6 runoff against the Democratic senator Raphael Warnock, a race that will complete the 2022 Midterms cycle. Walker registered to vote in Georgia in 2021 after living in Texas for two decades. Via CNN:
> To run for and vote for office in Georgia, 15 rules, not all of which need to be met, are considered for establishing residency, including where the resident will claim their home tax exemption and where they intend to reside permanently Life. The US Constitution only requires that a potential senator be a resident of his state at the time of his election.
In Texas, on the other hand, homeowners who move away can still get a homestead tax break if they don’t establish a “principal residence” elsewhere and plan to return to the state within two years, according to CNN. The Walker campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Walker’s campaign faced near-constant turbulence from the start. There have been several allegations, which he denies, that he pressured partners to have abortions, despite being a staunch anti-abortionist. Among other things, he has admitted a history of domestic violence, said he is not sure evolution is real, lied about being an FBI agent and a police officer, boasted about owning companies that don’t exist, and said he graduated in the top 1% from the University of Georgia, although he never graduated. His own campaign staff anonymously told the Daily Beast that he was a “pathological liar”.
None of these reported revelations sunk Walker’s candidacy enough to hand Warnock an outright victory in November. But the former Heisman Trophy winner has spectacularly outperformed other top Republicans in the state. Whether the latest report on his out-of-state tax status will affect the outcome of the runoff remains to be seen. However, a similar “he’s not from here” message was fruitful for Pennsylvania Democrats in the defeat Mehmed Oz.
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/11/herschel-walker-tax-benefits-texas Herschel Walker called for tax breaks for people living in Texas