ATLANTA — Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for Senate in Georgia, is receiving a tax exemption on his Texas residence that’s meant for major residents of the state, regardless of presently dwelling and working for workplace in Georgia.
Public tax information first reported by CNN present that this yr Mr. Walker will obtain a homestead tax exemption of roughly $1,500 for his residence within the Dallas space, which he listed as his major residence. He has acquired the tax reduction for his residence since 2012, in line with an official within the tax appraisal workplace of Tarrant County, the place Mr. Walker’s house is positioned.
Below the Structure, Senate candidates are required to reside within the state they’ll signify 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.
Based on the Texas comptroller, Mr. Walker’s use of the tax exemption whereas working in Georgia is authorized. The comptroller’s web site states that you could be nonetheless obtain the tax break after transferring away from residence quickly, if “you don’t set up a principal residence elsewhere, you plan 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 workforce, has made his roots a centerpiece of his marketing campaign. His decisive major victory in Could and assist 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 20 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, mentioned that Mr. Walker’s tax exemption was unlikely to hazard his qualification for workplace or flip off the Republicans who supported him within the basic election. However she added that within the last weeks of his runoff marketing campaign in opposition to Mr. Warnock, the knowledge might 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 mentioned. “If the Democrats can mobilize some further folks based mostly on these allegations, then they’ll use it that manner.”
Alyce McFadden contributed reporting.