NHDP Leadership To Discuss Walt Havenstein's Residency and Tax Issues

Discussion of Issues Surrounding Walt Havenstein's Eligibility, and Possible Tax Fraud

What: Conference call with Democratic leaders to address serious questions that have come to light regarding Havenstein's residency, eligibility, and possible tax fraud
Who: New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley and former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Kathy Sullivan
When: Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. EST


Nashua Telegraph expose outlined how Walt Havenstein took Maryland property tax breaks that required his principal residence to be in Maryland. New Hampshire's Constitution requires gubernatorial candidates to have been residents of the state for 7 consecutive years immediately prior to running for office.

The Telegraph uncovered that Havenstein “saved $5,354 from 2008-11 by getting a homestead exemption from local property taxes in Bethesda, Md. He also paid a lower state property transfer tax while buying the property in that state. To get both, Havenstein had to acknowledge that his $1 million condominium was his ‘principal residence' where he was living at least seven months of the year." [Nashua Telegraph3/23/14]

Under Maryland law, ”Principal residence” is defined to mean the “one dwelling where the homeowner regularly resides and is the location designated by the owner for the legal purposes of voting, obtaining a driver’s license, and filing income tax returns.” [MAPM, accessed 4/2/14]
Maryland law was enacted in 2007 requires that all homeowners taking the homestead property tax credit to submit an application stating that they meet the principal residence requirements, under penalty of perjury. According to the Telegraph, “Havenstein said he didn’t recall signing that form.” [State of Maryland, accessed 4/2/2014, Nashua Telegraph3/23/14]

Just last weekend, a Nashua Telegraph emphasized Havenstein's problems stating that he was either "ineligible to run for the office or committed tax fraud in Maryland." [Nashua Telegraph, 3/31/14]

That same report found that in addition to registering a car in Maryland, Havenstein briefly held a driver’s license in that state. New Hampshire doesn’t allow someone to hold a valid driver’s license in this state while having an active license in another state. [Nashua Telegraph3/31/14, State of New Hampshire, accessed 4/2/14]