Fact Check: Biden Did NOT Propose A 2% Nationwide Property Tax

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  • by: Dana Ford
Fact Check: Biden Did NOT Propose A 2% Nationwide Property Tax No Federal Tax

Did Joe Biden propose a 2% nationwide property tax? No, that's not true: There's nothing about that in Biden's plan. Furthermore, the federal government does not collect property taxes. That job is left to state and local governments.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on October 10, 2020. It opened:

Hey home owner Biden supporters let's go over what a 2% property tax increase would look like for the average home owner. Let's say your home is worth $250,000. That 2% increase is $5,000/year. That $5,000/year equates to $416.67/month in extra property taxes

This is what the post looked like at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Oct 13 18:08:19 2020 UTC)

Although not saying so outright, the post clearly implies that Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, proposed or supports a 2% nationwide property tax. He does not.

No such proposal is mentioned in Biden's tax plan, nor in an analysis of his plan, as prepared by the Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy nonprofit.

We reached out to one of the authors of that analysis, Garrett Watson, to ask about the alleged federal tax. He said:

There is no nationwide property tax proposal in Biden's plan. I'm not sure where that claim even came from.

We're not sure, either.

The idea is especially confounding considering that the federal government does not collect property taxes. That's the responsibility of state and local governments.

A similar claim, alleging that Biden supports a national 3% property tax, was debunked by Reuters, USA Today and PolitiFact.

Lead Stories has previously reported on Biden's tax plan. Here are links to our latest coverage:

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  Dana Ford

Dana Ford is an Atlanta-based reporter and editor. She previously worked as a senior editor at Atlanta Magazine Custom Media and as a writer/ editor for CNN Digital. Ford has more than a decade of news experience, including several years spent working in Latin America.

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