Setting the Record Straight in the 27th!

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October 10, 2007 Contact: Michael Spellings

Washington Post to Correct Story Tomorrow Clearing Vogel

DC Government Admits to Error on Vogel Tax Documents


Warrenton - After printing a story accusing Jill Vogel, Republican candidate for Virginia's 27th State Senate District, of receiving DC homestead exemption while living in Virginia, The Washington Post has confirmed the error was the fault of the DC government and that Vogel filed her paperwork correctly - never claiming the homestead exemption. The Post has confirmed it will be printing a correction to the story in tomorrow's paper (10/11/07) outlining the details.

The Post contacted Vogel with information that she was receiving DC homestead tax exemption status while residing in Virginia. Had the proper research been conducted by the Washington Post and sufficient time been granted to Vogel to produce documentation, the story would never have gone to print. Vogel produced a "Real Property Recordation and Transfer Tax" form proving she had, in fact, not filed for the DC homestead exemption.

"It is quite v indicating to see the truth come out," stated Vogel. "This entire ordeal was an error on the part of the DC government, the error has been fixed and I will be reimbursing DC for the money they did not charge me. I want to stress, had I been given time to produce these documents, this article would never have been printed and my good name would never have been questioned. In these times of media attacks, the onus is on the journalists to know every bit of what they are printing has been strictly vetted and is categorically true."

Vogel is a nationally recognized attorney and native Virginian. She has twice served as a Trustee of the Board of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, appointed in 1999 by the Governor. Vogel is a member of the Board of Trustees of Massanutten Military Academy and Co-Chair of the capital campaign for the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. She resides in Fauquier County with her husband and children.

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Will Razing Kaine apologize now?

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jack754 said:

The Wash Post is up with their corrected story - they owe her a big apology

D.C. Takes Blame for Va. Candidate's Tax Break

By Sandhya Somashekhar
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 10, 2007; 6:06 PM

D.C. tax officials said today it was their fault that a state Senate candidate from Virginia got an improper tax break on her Washington Circle condominium.

The candidate, Jill Holtzman Vogel (R), and her husband never applied for the city's homestead deduction, said Natalie Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Office of Tax and Revenue.

Wilson said the previous owner of the condominium was getting the deduction and the tax department incorrectly grandfathered the deduction after the Vogels bought the property. Earlier in the week, the tax office declined to discuss individual taxpayer cases.

"We did make a mistake," Wilson said. "I would like to acknowledge we gave the credit in error."

The tax benefit allows homeowners to cut $60,000 off the value of their home when calculating their property taxes. Homeowners are allowed to take the deduction only for their primary residence.

Vogel and her husband, Alex Vogel, live in Upperville, where she is running for office in the 27th District. Alex Vogel, a GOP strategist, said he stays in the condominium a couple of days a week when Congress is in session.

Vogel is in a tight race with Karen Schultz (D), a professor at Shenandoah University. Along with independent Donald Marro, they are hoping to succeed retiring Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. (R-Winchester).

As reported in today's Washington Post, the Vogels had been receiving the deduction since they bought the condominium at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in November 2005. They said Monday that they had no idea why they were getting the tax break and that they had never applied for it.

District officials had said that sometimes a third party, such as the company handling the settlement of a home, will fill out the form required to get the deduction. They added that the homeowner must sign it to get the credit, though today they acknowledged that they never received such a form from the Vogels.

Alex Vogel said today that he was relieved and that he was planning to return the money to the tax office. He produced a document from the real estate closing that indicated he and his wife had not applied for the tax credit.

"I'm glad that D.C. acknowledged the error," he said. "I was confident we did everything we were supposed to, and I'm glad D.C. has confirmed it."

About 90,000 District property owners receive the homestead deduction, which is designed to make homeownership more affordable, Wilson said.

Last year, an inspector general's audit showed that the city was losing as much as $3.4 million a year because of owners improperly taking the exemption. The Office of Tax and Revenue is undertaking an audit to weed out violators, some of whom are receiving the benefit unknowingly.

charles said:

There's a half-dozen "progressive" blogs who owe her an apology as well -- not for running the actual quotes from the story, it's hard to fault people, especially the ignorant left, for believing what they read in the post.

But for all the hateful and false things they said about her based on their own interpretation of the story, which went far beyond the false "facts" which were in the paper.

ACTivist said:

You'll never see an apology from the left. Even when those "blogs?" have given corrections to the Post story, they just continue on with the mud-slinging based on "how all this could have been avoided". I really like where they state she should have read all the documents before signing. Would they say that about Hilly and her war vote?

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