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Ernst Repays $1,900 for DC Tax Break

The Republican said her DC home was claimed for a tax credit in error.

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Drew Gerber
Feb. 12, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R) “last week repaid almost $1,900 for a tax break that she had claimed on her Washington, D.C., condo since 2016, while simultaneously claiming a similar tax break in Iowa. ... Her office said her claim of the homestead tax credit in Washington, D.C., was an error that she rectified with the check.”

Her office claimed in a letter to tax officials that information regarding the credit had been sent to the wrong address. “The Ernsts claimed the Washington, D.C., homestead credit after their January 2016 purchase of a nearly $400,000 condo there. In August of that year, they purchased a home for $350,000 in” Red Oak, Iowa. “Starting that year, and ever since, they have claimed both as primary residences on their taxes. The Iowa exemption saved the family at least $308 in property taxes.” (Des Moines Register)

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