HOMING IN ON RANGEL

Embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel will be slapped tomorrow with another congressional ethics complaint - this time for improperly taking a tax break on his Washington, DC, home, The Post has learned.

"Lawmakers shouldn't be lawbreakers," said Ken Boehm, chairman of the watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center, which is filing the latest House Ethics Committee complaint against Rangel.

The Post yesterday reported that Rangel received a so-called "homestead" tax exemption on a house he owned in Washington from 1995 until he sold it in 2000, even as he occupied several rent-stabilized apartments in New York City.

The homestead exemption - worth up to $288 a year in tax breaks - is available only to people whose Washington property is their primary residence and to people who pay personal-income taxes to the District of Columbia.


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