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Congressman Listed With Homestead Deduction in D.C.


A U.S. Congressman  from Missouri is listed as claiming a $70,200 Homestead Credit on his property assessment for a row house he purchased on Capitol Hill.  

Rep. Samuel B. Graves, Jr. , R-Mo., purchased what the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue labels a single-family residential row house on Capitol Hill in September 2013. The sale price was listed as $925,000.  The total value of the property for tax year 2015 is shown as $831,570. The taxable assessment, taking into account the D.C. Homestead credit, is shown as $724,504 for tax year 2015.  

The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue form states, “If you are not domiciled in the District or the property is not your principal place of residence, you are obligated to inform the Office of Tax and Revenue.” Members of Congress are usually not considered to be domiciled in the District.  

The Washington Post recently listed that Rep. Graves and Jill Warren purchased the house, although the D.C. Property records only show “Samuel Bruce Graves Jr Trustee” as the owner. Graves is now divorced. Warren lists herself on Linked In  as the owner of Barre3 Georgetown, a boutique exercise studio. She also lists working for The Patriot Group, a public affairs firm in Texas and Washington, DC. She previously worked in the Office of Attorney General of Texas John Cornyn.  

Update 4/3 pm: A spokesperson for the Congressman stated the Homestead Credit was not requested and that the District of Columbia government has been contacted to correct the record. Since the Homestead Credit may have been on record for the first half 
(October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014) 
of the 2014 tax year, the D.C. property tax payment due on March 31, 2014, may need to be supplemented by an additional payment.

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