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When Republican US Senate nominee Gabriel E. Gomez was seeking a lucrative historical tax deduction for his Cohasset home, he rejected the first appraisal he received because it was too low, and then refused to pay the appraiser’s bill, according to court records.
That appraiser, Shaun Fitzgerald, said Gomez hired him in late 2005 to determine the amount he could deduct on his federal tax return in exchange for agreeing not to alter the home’s facade. But Fitzgerald said Gomez then failed to pay the $1000 appraiser’s fee.
Fitzgerald filed a small claims suit in Quincy District Court Tuesday. In it, he requested payment and attached his appraisal report that estimated the value of the deduction at $245,640.