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Fox News Blasted For Tammy Duckworth Tax Story — She’s A Disabled Veteran

Fox News Blasted For Tammy Duckworth Tax Story — She’s A Disabled Veteran

Tammy Duckworth is a U.S. Senator and a Democrat, but those aren’t the reasons she gets a tax credit on her home in Illinois. Her tax credit also isn’t the defining shortfall in the nation’s budget.

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES – 2019/03/25: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) seen speaking during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Fox News published a story about tax laws that include credits and loopholes individuals may use to reduce or even eliminate their homeowner tax bills. They cited a tax watchdog group pointing out that these credits may be available to individuals who are fully capable of paying the full tax rate, and that the result is other individuals paying a higher share.

However, the story focused on one taxpayer in particular: Tammy Duckworth. Her tax credits aren’t because of a deep-dive for loopholes and dodges, though, of from, just for example, falsely reporting real estate values. Instead, she gets a pass because she’s a disabled veteran who lost both legs in combat, as the story admits.

“In Duckworth’s case, the 53-year-old U.S. senator pays zero in property taxes because she is a disabled U.S. military veteran with a 70% or higher disability rating, as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.”

The story also cites the amount she’s saved in property taxes over the course of half a decade: around $42k, which wouldn’t exactly balance the budget. It further admits she pays property taxes on a second home in Virginia.

However, it was the headline, focusing on Duckworth’s $0 tax bill for her primary residence, that got people up in arms — especially with the former president’s alleged tax dodges currently the subject of an investigation that’s already produced indictments.

Duckworth has not responded to the story.

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