Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker getting tax break in 2022 on Texas home intended for primary residence

November 23, 2022 at 14:43

CNN —Republican Herschel Walker is getting a tax break intended only for a primary residence this year on his home in the Dallas, Texas, area, despite running for Senate in Georgia.
Publicly available tax records reviewed by CNN’s KFile show Walker is listed to get a homestead tax exemption in Texas in 2022, saving the Senate candidate approximately $1,500 and potentially running afoul of both Texas tax rules and some Georgia rules on establishing residency for the purpose of voting or running for office.
Walker registered to vote in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2021 after living in Texas for two decades and voting infrequently.
In Texas, homeowner regulations say you can only take the exemption on your “principal residence.”Walker took the tax break in 2021 and 2022 for his Texas home even after launching a bid for Senate in Georgia, an official in the Tarrant County tax assessor office told CNN’s KFile.
Politicians in the past in Texas have landed in hot water over improperly taking the exemption, including then-Gov.
Questions have swirled around Walker’s residency since he actively began exploring the possibility of a Senate run in Georgia last year, and Democrats and Republicans alike hit Walker over the issue.
The US Constitution only requires a potential senator to be an inhabitant of their state when elected.
Anthony Michael Kreis, a law professor at Georgia State University, said Georgia’s state law about establishing residence to be eligible to run for office is flexible and ultimately, Walker’s biggest problem could be political.
11Alive News, a local Georgia station, first reported that Walker took the homestead exemption on his Texas home in 2020.
Walker, despite now voting twice in Georgia and running for Senate in the state, has maintained the exemption, according to public records.
The county tax office in Texas where Walker maintains his home confirmed the exemption.
Homeowners in many states are able to apply for a tax exemption by declaring their home to be their primary residence and the exemption lowers their tax bill by removing part of their home’s value on paper.