Roll Call: McCollum owes taxes on D.C. home

Roll Call reports that Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., is among a group of D.C. lawmakers who owes taxes on her home in the nation’s capital.

Minnesota Public Radio pulls out this piece of the story on the Democrat from St. Paul:

District officials also confirmed Thursday that Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.), who purchased a Dupont Circle condominium in 2003, had received the homestead tax break but had similarly not applied for it.

District officials have previously stated that such mistakes are the likely result of a now-defunct policy of automatically applying the tax benefit to new homeowners based on the tax status of the previous owner.

McCollum will be removed from the program, but tax records have not been updated to reflect how much she will be billed in back taxes. According to tax records, the Minnesotan’s home had been assessed at $253,000 but taxed at only $115,000.

Under the District’s homestead program, a taxpayer who owns a home in the city and uses it as the principal residence receives a reduction of $67,500 on its assessed value, or a savings of $573.75 off the 2009 tax bill.

In addition, properties that qualify for the homestead deduction are also protected from considerable jumps in assessed value. The District caps those increases at 10 percent above the previous year’s tax assessment. Individuals who do not qualify for the homestead program are taxed on the full value of the home.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by John Jordan on 04/14/2009 - 08:44 pm.

    My guess is that she’ll be appointed to Obama’s administration any day given her stellar tax paying qualifications.

  2. Submitted by clancy wolf on 04/15/2009 - 11:29 am.

    Come on the story is about D.C. not having its programs up to date, yes McCollum, has not paid those yet, but to lump her in with those that did not or would not pay seems a bit unfair.

  3. Submitted by Gary Clements on 04/15/2009 - 02:56 pm.

    Bogus Headlines crafted with sensationalism to lure readers is typical of the newspapers I’ve STOPPED reading, and not what I expect from Minnpost. The implication in the headline is that McCollum has dodged paying her taxes for some reason, which is apparently not the case, and that is NOT “high-quality journalism in Minnesota”. I have been reading Minnpost because it seemed to rise above the levels that our two main print newspapers offer. I hope I’m not wrong.

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