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Coping with non-owner-occupied homestead tax credit disease

The Sun recently reported that a third top City Hall employee had contracted the highly contagious "improper homestead tax credit on non-owner occupied homes" disease ("Mayoral aid got tax break for rental property," May 1).

Khalil Zaied, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's recently appointed deputy chief of operations, found out in January that he had contracted the disease after receiving improper homestead tax credits for a rental property he owned for several years.

Mr. Zaied explained that he remembered reading about this mysterious disease in 2011 but had been so busy with his duties on behalf of the citizens of Baltimore at the time that he didn't realize he had contracted the illness himself. It wasn't until he received written notification from the state of his delinquent tax for 2012 in the amount of $5,265 that he became aware that he was sick.

He paid that bill right away as well as a 2011 tax of approximately $4,800. Luckily, the antidote for the disease is well understood and highly effective: Pay your taxes on time.

It remains unknown, however, whether city employees once infected by this disease can contract it again.

Gary Moyer, Baltimore City

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