Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sweet! Bronx Democrat Gets 'Rangel' Tax Break ... In Maryland

You've almost got to admire these corrupt Democrats for their sheer chutzpah. Here you have Congressman Eliot Engel, who supposedly lives in The Bronx, but he's getting a tax break for living in Maryland.
Maryland officials have yanked a tax credit from Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel, who has avoided thousands in taxes on his nearly $1 million home there by improperly claiming it as his primary residence.

The officials told Engel he doesn't qualify for the homestead exemption, a tax credit only state residents can apply for, because he and his wife Patricia's primary residence is in The Bronx.

Last year, The Post reported that Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel was getting the homestead exemption in DC from 1995 to 2000 - even though his primary residence was in New York, where he had four rent-controlled apartments.

Engel had enjoyed the tax credit since 2005, garnering a discount on his taxes in three consecutive years even as the value of his property in Potomac, one of DC's most affluent suburbs, nearly doubled.

Engel got the credit in 2005 after his wife applied for it, according to state tax officials.

When her application for the credit was initially rejected, Patricia Engel filed again, claiming Maryland as her primary residence by submitting a copy of her state tax return, which she filed individually, as evidence.

She then was approved - even though each Engel votes in New York and has an Empire State driver's license.

The names of both Engels appear on property records for the Maryland home.
Who knows, maybe he's getting tips from Robert Wexler.

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