Wchicken ivana trumpDonald Trump’s first wife, was laid to rest last month near the first hole of the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, few immediately guessing that her grave’s location could also serve the long-standing tax planning purposes of her ex-husband.
tax code in New Jersey exempts the cemetery land from all taxes, fees, and assessments, and his grave, as such, potentially has advantageous tax implications for a Trump family trust that owns the golf business, in a state where property taxes and land are notoriously tall.
According to documents published by ProPublicathe Trump family trust previously sought to designate a nearby property in Hackettstown, New Jersey, as a nonprofit cemetery business.
But Ivana Trump, who died earlier this month at 73 after a fall at his home in New York City’s Manhattan, he is the first person buried on the golf course, where Donald Trump and his family spend a lot of time in the summers.
Under the New Jersey tax code, cemetery businesses are exempt not only from taxes, fees, and assessments on real estate or personal property taxes, but also from business taxes, sales taxes, income taxes, and property taxes. the Heritage. according to Insider.
Brooke Harrington, a sociology professor at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, tweeted Saturday that she had investigated claims that Ivana Trump’s resting place could also benefit her ex-husband’s tax planning. beyond the grave.
“As a tax researcher, I was skeptical of rumors that Trump buried his ex-wife on that sad little plot of land on his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, just for tax breaks. So he checked the NJ tax code and folks…it’s a trifecta of tax evasion. Property, income, and sales tax all eliminated.” Harrington wroteafter opinions began accusing Trump of being motivated primarily by the possibility of a tax exemption Appearing on social networks
Harrington later tweeted the full New Jersey tax code for cemetery plots. While there is no stipulation on the amount of human remains needed to qualify for the rest, sales of wreaths, larger evergreen arrangements, flowers, and other similar items are taxable.
While saying that she was surprised by the tax tips that also accused Donald Trump of burying his wife in “little more than a pauper’s grave” and, as a result, dishonoring the three children they had together, Ivanka, Don Jr and Eric.
Previous reports suggested that her ex-husband planned to build different types of cemetery operations on the Bedminster golf course.
Last week it hosted the Saudi-backed LIV golf tournament and was the focus of protests by some families of the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in the US, after Donald Trump previously united the opinions that the kingdom was behind the Al Qaeda plot to hijack passenger planes and crash them into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.
American public radio station NPR reported in 2012 under the online headline “Fairway to Heaven” that Trump planned to build himself a mausoleum on the property, prompting some local objections. That proposal was later expanded to a cemetery that could contain more than 1,000 possible graves.
That plan was later abandoned and replaced with a design for a “10-lot private family cemetery” at the same location, and refined again into a proposal for a 284-lot commercial cemetery, the station reported.
Ivana Trump was buried in a field near the first tee of the golf course, following her funeral in manhattan the 20th of July. His resting place is currently marked with a rudimentary crown of white flowers and an engraved granite stone.
However, the 1.5-acre parcel is unlikely to grant tax breaks to the entire Bedminster property; any exemption only applies as long as the parcel is less than 10 acres.
But every break counts, and the former president has previously designated the parcel as a farm because some trees on the site are turned into mulch used for flower beds. according to the Washington Post.
Trump’s notions of partially designating the golf course as a cemetery date back to at least 2014. Plans that were later presented to local and state authorities included a proposal for a pair of cemeteries, one for the family and another with 284 plots to the sale. The Washington Post noted that the buyers, presumably avid golfers, “could pay for a kind of eternal membership” to the club.
But Trump, true to form, had not decided at the time on a course of action. Robert Holtaway, a Bedminster city official, said he had concerns about the cemetery plans. “It never made any sense to me.” But, he added, “we don’t question the motives. We are there as a territorial ordering board.”
Trump already has a plot in Cemetery of all religions in Jamaica, Queens, near his mother and father, but the plans for his Bedminster mausoleum were suitably grand: 19 feet tall, in stone, with obelisks, and planted smack in the middle of the field.
Trump has been silent on his plans for how the “Eternal Donald” will be commemorated in the earthly realm. In 2007, then 60 years old, told the New York Post that the golden field mausoleum was a rational choice.
“It’s never something you like to think about, but it makes sense,” he told the newspaper’s Page Six column. “This is such a beautiful land, and Bedminster is one of the richest places in the country.”