For those who ever have the chance to play a spherical of golf on the former commander-in-chief’s Trump Nationwide Golf Membership in Bedminster, New Jersey, you’d tee up on the primary gap with a peculiar view behind you — his first spouse’s headstone.
Ivana Trump’s last resting place is located in a secluded space, simply behind the tee on the first gap on Trump’s course. What’s extra, given the previous president’s prolonged historical past with taxes, some assume that he buried Ivana there to serve a tax function.
Cemetery land is exempt from all taxes, charges and assessments underneath the New Jersey tax code. Her grave may need favorable tax ramifications for a Trump household belief that owns the golf firm in a state the place land and property taxes are famously excessive.
After acquiring tax information from the belief, ProPublica found that it supposed to determine a nonprofit cemetery agency on a chunk of land in Hackettstown, New Jersey, which is roughly 20 miles from the Bedminster golf course.
As a tax researcher, I used to be skeptical of rumors Trump buried his ex-wife in that unhappy little plot of dust on his Bedminster, NJ golf course only for tax breaks.
So I checked the NJ tax code & of us…it is a trifecta of tax avoidance. Property, earnings & gross sales tax, all eradicated. pic.twitter.com/VDZBlDyuhQ
— Brooke Harrington (@EBHarrington) July 31, 2022
The state tax code exempts cemetery corporations from enterprise taxes, gross sales taxes, earnings taxes and inheritance taxes along with actual property taxes, charges, assessments and private property taxes.
Ivana died in July at her dwelling in Manhattan and is the primary particular person buried within the 10-person plot on the Trump household grave website.
It’s unclear whether or not Trump intends to pursue tax breaks.
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