Anyone for tax-free neighbors?

Great scam. Wish I'd thought of it.
I buy a house in Fayette county. I claim the homestead exemption because I live there. I get old. Now I can claim the age exemption. I get bored and buy a house in Florida. I have offspring who are in a bad way and need help. "You take the house in Ga, I'll live in Fla." I say.
Oh but wait. The offspring has school age kids. They enroll them. Now we have people living in Fayette, using one of the few county-provided services, and not paying a dime for it.

Whadya think?

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Submitted by nusport on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 1:51pm.

For starters there should not be a school tax exemption for seniors. The housing prices in Peachtree City/Fayette County are directly related to the high performing public schools. Seniors directly benefit from the schools, higher home values, and should contribute to the number one reason their homes are worth more than a comparable house in any other southern crescent county.

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Submitted by TinCan on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 4:40pm.

Well I guess you don't have to apply when your time comes.

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Submitted by TinCan on Mon, 02/11/2008 - 9:40pm.

I think your neighbor is breaking the law because I believe the exemption is only on your primary residence. Haven't read the exemption rules lately, because I'm a few year past having applied, but think I'm right on this one.

Submitted by curly on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 8:59am.

But try taking this to the commissioner. He wants to prove a negative, i.e. prove she doesn't live there.

I think it's time to do away with unenforceable laws. The tax commission has no investigative arm and even if it did, it could not prevent this.

We can even the playing field by changing the law and take the commission(er) out of the loop. I see no other way.

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Submitted by TinCan on Tue, 02/12/2008 - 4:43pm.

If you’re upset about the possibility of oldsters jobbing the property tax system, try this one on for size. Last night’s news on ABC, channel 2, had story about a woman who had paid a property manager monthly rent on a condo for nearly a year. She decided to move and requested her $1100 security deposit back. Turns out the property manager is no where to be found and the property owner, who happened to show up, had no idea the woman was in the condo nor were they aware of the property manager. And now for the rest of the story. The woman, who was holding a small child, commented that she could really use the $1100 being a single Mom and all. Turns out that $980 of the monthly rent is being paid through section 8. When the anchor asked the reporter what was going to happen, the reporter stated that she and her “fiancé” or boyfriend would be looking for a new place. So, I think single Mom, boyfriend (fiancé), and section 8 @ $980 a month tops elderly annual tax break by a long shot. Think I also now understand a big part of the "baby’s daddy" phenomenon.

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