epublican Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has allegedly violated a Georgia tax law by claiming permanent residence at two different addresses.
Greene allegedly filed two active homestead exemptions in her 2020 Georgia state tax documents, according to WSB-TV. A homestead exemption provides a large tax break for state residents, usually granting a $2,000 exemption from most county and school taxes.
The Fulton County Board of Assessors has said state residents are only legally allowed to claim one residential address for a homestead exemption.
Greene and her husband allegedly filed for two exemptions by listing two different residences in two different counties. One residence is located in Fulton County, the county which contains the state capital of Atlanta. The other residence is located in Floyd County, a region located in the state’s northwest corner.NEWSWEEK NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP >
When asked about the filing, Greene’s office accused the aforementioned news station of “being focused on paperwork, which is being taken care of.” It added that the investigative journalist behind the story, Justin Gray, “needs to mind his own business instead of launching yet another pathetic attempt to smear me and my family.”
Even if the Greenes claim that they mistakenly made two exemption claims, the penalty could cost them an amount that is double their tax bill. That amount could total $12,000 for the couple.
The penalty amount may not have a large impact on the politician’s overall wealth. Greene’s Floyd County home, purchased last year, is reportedly worth $610,000.