Could Herschel Walker be banned from Georgia runoff for ‘tax fraud’?

Herschel Walker has been accused of claiming a “principal residence” tax exemption on a property in Texas despite registering to vote in Georgia, which he hopes to represent in the Senate.

The Trump-backed Republican faces a runoff against Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock on Dec. 8 after neither candidate secured an outright majority in the Nov. 6 midterm vote.

Based on an analysis of tax documents, CNN Walker reportedly got a tax break on a Dallas home this year, saving him about $1,500.

To that end, the former NFL star declared the property his “principal residence” despite registering to vote in Georgia last year.

Herschel Walker was contacted by news week for comment.

Herschel Walker speaks at a rally in Kennesaw
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks at a campaign rally November 7, 2022 in Kennesaw, Georgia.
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Speak with cnn, Professor Anthony Kreis, who teaches law at Georgia State University, said Walker is unlikely to face any legal consequences because Georgian state law is flexible about residency when running for office.

He said: “At the end of the day, this is in all likelihood a political rather than a legal issue … where Walker can be painted as a carpet digger.

“The question arises as to whether Walker’s change of residence was made in good faith.”

In 2008, Jim Powell, who was running for a seat on a Democrat Public Service Commission, was ruled ineligible to run to receive a homestead tax exemption outside of his county.

However, the decision, made by Georgia’s then-Republican Foreign Minister Karen Handel, was overturned by Georgia’s Supreme Court.

In an eight-page ruling, Judge Robert Benham said, “We agree with the higher court that the secretary committed an error of law which warrants the overturning of the secretary’s decision.”

A number of Texas politicians have violated the state’s homestead tax exemption rules without being disfellowshipped.

Earlier this year, Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez vowed to return $2,300 in taxes after it was revealed he and his wife had filed for the tax exemption on two separate properties.

In 2009, then-Republican Gov. Rick Perry agreed to pay an additional $183 in taxes after it was revealed he received the exemption on a property where his daughter resided while she was at Texas A&M University studied.

Earlier this week, a clip of Walker narrating something in error Fox News “This erection is about the people” went viral on social media, attracting more than five million views.

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