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Report: Havenstein owes about $9,000 for tax breaks he shouldn’t have taken
Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein owes Maryland roughly $9,000 for tax breaks he shouldn’t have taken, according to a report by WMUR.
The issue centers on Havenstein’s residency. Earlier this year he went before the state Ballot Law Commission to validate that he lived in New Hampshire and could run for governor. According to WMUR, in 2007 Havenstein signed affidavits saying his primary residence was in Maryland and as a result, got homestead exemption tax credits.
Maryland revenue officials said Havenstein shouldn’t have accepted the tax breaks, according to WMUR.
Havenstein’s campaign said the report is troubling.
“The Havensteins received bills from a tax office with no explanation for them. That the state of Maryland has given information to news outlets that was withheld from the Havensteins should be deeply troubling to all taxpayers,” said campaign spokesman Henry Goodwin. “If the intent of the tax office was simply to settle this matter, they would have provided an explanation. The fact that they instead leaked it to the media suggests that their motivation was political.”
The New Hampshire Democratic Party said this shows Havenstein can’t be trusted.
“Instead of taking responsibility, Havenstein is already trying to blame others for his own poor decisions and actions,” said party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “Havenstein will have to answer to Maryland taxpayers and authorities eventually.”