ATLANTA — Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for Senate in Georgia, is receiving a tax exemption on his Texas house that’s meant for major residents of the state, regardless of at the moment residing and operating for workplace in Georgia.
Public tax information first reported by CNN present that this 12 months Mr. Walker will obtain a homestead tax exemption of roughly $1,500 for his house within the Dallas space, which he listed as his major residence. He has obtained the tax reduction for his house since 2012, in response to an official within the tax appraisal workplace of Tarrant County, the place Mr. Walker’s house is situated.
Beneath the Structure, Senate candidates are required to reside within the state they’ll characterize solely as soon as they’re elected. In Georgia, candidates should meet a handful of stipulations to determine residency within the state earlier than submitting their bids for workplace. Mr. Walker’s tax exemption in Texas means that his major residence stays exterior Georgia.
A spokesman for Mr. Walker’s marketing campaign didn’t reply to a request for remark.
In line with the Texas comptroller, Mr. Walker’s use of the tax exemption whereas operating in Georgia is authorized. The comptroller’s web site states that you could be nonetheless obtain the tax break after transferring away from house quickly, if “you don’t set up a principal residence elsewhere, you propose to return to the house, and you’re away lower than two years.”
Mr. Walker, who grew up in Georgia and was a phenom for the College of Georgia’s soccer crew, has made his roots a centerpiece of his marketing campaign. His decisive major victory in Could and help from Republican voters had been pushed largely by his stardom within the state. He’ll face Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, in a runoff election on Dec. 6, after neither candidate cleared the 50 p.c threshold wanted to win in Georgia on Nov. 8.
This isn’t the primary time Mr. Walker has confronted questions on his residency. Earlier than asserting his Senate marketing campaign in 2021, Mr. Walker lived in Texas for greater than twenty years. He registered to vote in Georgia in August 2021, days earlier than he declared his candidacy.
Andra Gillespie, an affiliate professor of political science at Emory College, stated that Mr. Walker’s tax exemption was unlikely to hazard his qualification for workplace or flip off the Republicans who supported him within the normal election. However she added that within the last weeks of his runoff marketing campaign in opposition to Mr. Warnock, the knowledge may add extra fodder to Democrats’ argument that Mr. Walker moved again to the state solely for his political profession.
“Herschel Walker was by no means making the declare that he was a latest resident of Georgia — he was a native-son candidate,” she stated. “If the Democrats can mobilize some extra folks based mostly on these allegations, then they’ll use it that means.”
Alyce McFadden contributed reporting.