Embarrassingly for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, one of the loudest proponents of reducing the tax gap, two mistakes he made in recent years on his own property taxes have recently come to light.A political ad sponsored by the Montana Republican State Central Committee has brought to light local property taxes in both Washington and Montana that tripped up Baucus, D-Mont.

The senator underpaid his tax bill on his $1.4 million Georgetown house from 2003 to 2005 because of a computer error by city tax collectors, according to property records. Tax assessors incorrectly gave him a credit on his property-tax bill that should only apply to those who claim their property as their primary residence (Baucus's main residence is in Montana).

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