An investigation conducted by Channel 2 Action News has discovered that Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband have two active homestead exemptions, which is against Georgia law.
A homestead exemption is a significant tax break available to any Georgia homeowner who owns their primary residence. Filing for more than one is against the rules.
However, according to documents obtained by Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray, the Greene’s are receiving the tax exemption on two separate homes in two different counties.
When Gray asked about homestead exemptions, Greene’s office told him to mind his own business and called it a “pathetic smear.”
Greene currently maintains a home in North Fulton County, but she also purchased a $610,000 home in Floyd County last year, where she represents in the 14th Congressional District.
A member of Congress is not required to reside in the district that he or she represents. However, you are not allowed to file multiple homestead exemptions.
William Perry is the founder of the nonprofit Georgia Ethics Watchdogs stated that “you get a tax break for your permanent residence. But you don’t get to do that in two places. That’s against the law.”
Greene’s husband left blank the line on the Floyd County application that asked if they had another active exemption on any land.
Greene never stopped receiving the tax break on the Fulton house, according to Fulton County tax officials.
In a statement, the Fulton County Board of Assessors said “the property owners filed for homestead exemption in Fulton County in May of 2019 and it became effective for the 2020 tax year. Per GA law, you can only have one homestead exemption. In this case, Fulton County will consult with Floyd County to confirm and determine in which county the exemption is not valid.”
In a brief statement on the issue, Greene stated that “Georgian’s care about their livelihoods and their family’s safety. Yet WSB is focused on paperwork, which is being taken care of. I’m a proud resident of the 14th district. Justin Gray needs to mind his own business instead of launching yet another pathetic attempt to smear me and my family.”
But it’s not just a paperwork problem; it’s also against Georgia law.
According to Georgia law, the penalty for filing a fraudulent homestead exemption is double your tax bill. According to Greene’s 2020 bill, that could be about $12,000.
“This isn’t a paperwork issue, this is fraud. You can’t accidentally declare homestead exemption in two different counties,” Perry said.
Greene made headlines earlier this week after she followed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez down a Capitol corridor, accusing her of supporting terrorists and berating her “radical socialism.”
It happened as she and AOC were leaving the House chamber on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post, citing two of its reporters who were present.
Greene appeared eager to capture AOC’s attention, Cortez’s shouting “Hey Alexandria” twice when it was clear the New York congresswoman would not engage, then rushing after her.
“You don’t care about the American people,” Greene reportedly yelled. “Why do you support terrorists and Antifa?”
She also allegedly asked AOC why she would not participate in a debate to defend her “radical socialist” beliefs.”
The only thing Ocasio-Cortez did was throw up her hands in frustration and ignore Greene, according to the Post. Greene then turned to look at the reporters nearby and called AOC a “chicken.”
Greene has risen quickly as a result of her Trumpian positions. She maintains her denial of the 2020 presidential election’s legitimacy.
Greene’s notoriety grew after the Democratic-controlled House voted to remove her from her committee assignments in February.