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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.”

Legacy Comments3

Can't blame him for trying. Like any tax case, there are probably three sides to the story: your side, what the state thinks and the truth. If Maryland won't tell him what it's all about, then it's politically motivated.

While the campaign has a point that this should have been a private matter, the fact that it was leaked shows that the candidate cheated on his taxes. It doesn't matter if it was leaked for political purposes to tarnish him. He tarnished himself by playing politics regarding his home state and taking the opposing state tax breaks at the same time.

I wonder if the average citizen deliberately filed and signed this paperwork in NJ and then said they actually never intended to be a resident - would they already have been charge with tax fraud. First the state of NH looks the other way and we will see if the state of NJ looks the other way.

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