TheOrlando Sentinel reports Florida’s Save Our Homes tax “measure meant to protect the elderly from being taxed out of their homes also has let Florida’s wealthiest reap big tax breaks.” One of the fat cats cited who benefited was Rush Limbaugh who got a “tax break of about $224,000.”
“It’s just the opposite of what it should be: take from the poor to give to the rich,” said longtime Orange County Chief Deputy Comptroller Jim Moye. “You’ve just got winners and losers.
The real effect of Save Our Homes has not been so much to cut taxes as to change who pays them, said Dominic M. Calabro, president of Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and taxpayer-advocacy group.
“Save Our Homes is not a tax limitation. It is a tax shift,” Calabro said. “And when you shift taxes from one group of people, you shaft another group.”
As for the widows, who were the poster girls for the original Save Our Homes campaign, they save slightly less than the average homeowner. In Central Florida, surviving spouses saved an average of $957 last year, while overall homeowners saved an average of $1,010, Sentinel research showed.
Mocking the disabled…taking elderly widows’ tax breaks…if Rush can find a way to screw over some orphans he’ll have hit the worst person in the world trifecta.