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Maricopa County looks into tax rebates

The Maricopa County Assessor’s Office says it’s cracking down on property owners who may be improperly receiving tax rebates for rental homes and apartments.

The assessor’s office is sending 10,000 letters to property owners asking them to report if their parcels were rentals. A spokesman for the office says the county would not try to collect back taxes on the properties if the rebates were improper.

The effort follows an investigation by The Arizona Republic that found the county provided at least $1.2 million in property-tax rebates last year to owners of multiple residences, including apartments and rental homes. It’s illegal for rental homes or apartments to receive the rebate designed for owner-occupied properties.

The assessor’s office says it wants to encourage people to be truthful.

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