Black Homeowners Face Higher Property Taxes Than Their White Peers

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A new working paper published by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth finds a significant racial gap in property tax rates. The paper was authored by Carlos Avenancio-León of Indiana of University, Bloomington and Troup Howard of the University of California, Berkeley. Researchers analyzed data covering 118 million homes in the United States and 75,000 jurisdictions that assessed property taxes. The data showed that Black-owned homes were assessed at higher values compared to their actual sale price, than was the cases for homes owned by Whites. Furthermore, the data showed that Black fa...

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