Ohio Congressional candidate Max Miller’s tax records show he claims his primary residence is in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC – GOP congressional candidate Max Miller may be seeking a congressional seat in northeast Ohio, but property tax records in the District of Columbia show Miller claims that an apartment he owns in northwest Washington, DC is his primary residence.

Washington, DC property tax records show Miller gets a “homestead deduction” on a two-bedroom apartment he owns on Rhode Island Avenue. The Washington, DC tax and revenue office states that any property receiving the homestead benefit “must be the principal residence (domicile) of the owner / applicant.”

Miller’s payment of $ 2,450.07 in 2021 DC property taxes – reflecting a deduction of $ 648.98 for homestead – was recorded in Washington, DC on March 2 – days after Miller announced his challenge to Republican Representative of Rocky River Anthony Gonzalez. The announcement follows Gonzalez’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump after Trump supporters revolted on the United States Capitol in an unsuccessful effort to prevent Congress from counting the votes that declared Joe Biden president .

A declaration that Miller posted on Twitter to announce his candidacy accused of Gonzalez of betraying his constituents by voting to impeach Trump. Miller also questioned Gonzalez’s loyalty to northeast Ohio. Trump has been a strong supporter of Miller, organizing a rally in Lorain County to promote his candidacy and headlining fundraisers to help him raise funds.

Miller, whose campaign blamed a clerical error for the tax deduction, grew up in Shaker Heights and graduated from Cleveland State University. He worked as a White House aide to Trump while living in Washington, DC Cuyahoga County records show he purchased a $ 460,000 house in Rocky River in early March. The tax records for this house show that it is not seeking a homestead exemption in Ohio.

The Ohio homestead exemption works differently from that of the District of Columbia. Ohio Department of Taxation spokesman Gary Gudmundson said the Ohio program reduces taxes on the homes of people who are totally and permanently disabled, or at least 65 years of age, and who earn up to $ 34,200. Totally and permanently disabled veterans can get double the credit of other beneficiaries. Ohio residents apply to participate in the program through their county auditor’s office, Gudmundson said.

District of Columbia taxpayers should also claim its homestead deduction, but this is not limited to the elderly, disabled, or those of limited means. According to DC Office of Tax and Revenue spokeswoman Natalie Wilson, homeowners must answer certain questions to get the deduction, such as whether they are domiciled in the district and whether the property is their primary place of residence.

“A negative answer to these last two questions is automatic disqualification,” Wilson said.

A Miller spokesperson attributed his DC tax bill payment with the homestead deduction to “a mistake made by Max’s accountant.”

“Max Miller lives in Rocky River and any suggestion to the contrary is dishonest at best,” said the statement from Taylor Budowich. “Due to an error made by Max’s accountant, an automated property tax bill generated by the DC tax office with a homestead exception was paid on his behalf. After being made aware of this error, Max began the administrative process to resolve this discrepancy. “

Gonzalez also owns properties in Rocky River and Washington, DC. Records show Gonzalez does not claim any homestead deduction on any of them.

Miller questioned Gonzalez’s ties to northeast Ohio in interviews he gave during his campaign. He told Jewish Insider that Gonzalez had been absent from the district throughout his tenure.

“Anthony has given up on the community and spends the vast majority of his time in Washington, DC,” Miller told the publication. “It’s embarassing.”

In a March interview with NewsMax, Miller claimed that Gonzalez, who was a football star at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland and Ohio State University before joining the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL, was in fact from California. .

“Mr. Gonzalez is really from California, and a lot of people don’t know that,” Miller told the TV station. “He’s really not a guy from the Northeast, and that’s where you come with me. This is who I am as a person, and this is why President Trump supported me, because he knows I have the backbone to stand up, be without excuse and say which is fair.

At last weekend’s rally in Lorain County, Trump told his supporters that one of the reasons they should support Miller is “because he grew up in this region.”

“Believe it or not, he’s not a porter like so many others,” Trump continued. “A lot of them say, ‘Sir, I’m running for Congress.’ “Oh great. How long have you lived there.” “Well, actually, I moved there last week. Saw an opening. Max Miller. You know Max? Good guy. He loves our country. He loves the people of Ohio. And Max was one of my trusted associates in the White House.

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