Exposed brick, working fireplaces and an illicit tax break.
The Baltimore Sun reports that former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager and her husband Henry Hager are getting a small owner-occupant property tax credit for their Baltimore home, even though the couple lives in New York and rents out their 2,000 square foot, 1880s townhouse near Federal Hill.
As illicit tax credits go, this one is small: $296.40 on "a tax bill approaching $9,000," according to the Sun.
The Sun reports that Henry Hager acknowledges the couple should not be getting the credit:
"That is an honest mistake on my part," said Hager, adding that he called the state assessments agency Monday trying to set things right. "I wasn't familiar enough, quite frankly, with the tax credit and its existence. I'll repay whatever I owe."
Hager was familiar enough with the credit to get it reinstated after the city took it away in December 2010 when the couple moved to New York.The house on S. Charles Street is "within a few blocks of Baltimore’s best frat-party-style nightlife, including such notable bars as Ropewalk, MaGerk’s, Muggsy’s, Ryleigh’s, and the 8×10" according to The Daily Record.