FACT CHECK: Did Kamala Harris Propose A Federal Tax On Homes To Pay For Reparations?

FACT CHECK: Did Kamala Harris Propose A Federal Tax On Homes To Pay For Reparations?


A viral Facebook post shared over 600 times claims Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris proposed a federal tax on homes to pay for slavery reparations.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence Harris has proposed such a measure. A spokeswoman for Harris’ office confirmed the claim is inaccurate.

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Fact Check: 

Since Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden chose Harris as his running mate, misinformation about her policy stances has circulated widely on social media, with this particular post alleging she has backed a federal tax on homes to pay for reparations. There have been debates about compensating the descendants of enslaved black people in the U.S. since the end of the Civil War, and they have gained momentum in recent years, according to CNN.

There is, however, no evidence Harris has proposed a tax on homes to pay for reparations. Check Your Fact found no proposal to that effect from Harris on her Senate website, in public statements or in the congressional record. A search of her verified social media pages also didn’t turn up any instances of her calling for a federal tax on homes to pay for reparations.

Harris told the Des Moines Register that

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