Amid reports that Donald Trump may have obtained tax breaks by burying his ex-wife, Ivana Trump, near the first hole at Bedminster National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, people are raising questions online about whether her children approved of their mother’s “mourning” has. “.. And “Scrooge” is his final resting place.
“I couldn’t believe her three children – who she probably loved and who loved her – would allow their father to treat their mother like that,” Tweet on Twitter Brooke Harrington, professor of sociology at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Harrington this weekend launched an investigation into allegations that the former president used his first wife’s burial site as a way to profit from his tax planning.
“Burying Ivana in Opium’s grave shames everyone,” Harrington added in a tweet on Saturday.
Doubt there is a new low? This is the grave of greedy Ivana Trump, aka her ex-husband’s tax credit. pic.twitter.com/Tozbyp33LY
— Stephen Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) 31 July 2022
Harrington has written a book and New York Times article about how Trump and other wealthy Americans take advantage of US tax laws to avoid paying as little tax as possible. According to her, the final resting place of Ivana Trump, who died at the age of 73 after falling in her New York home, appears to be a “trifecta of tax evasion”.
As a tax professional, I was skeptical of rumors that Trump buried his ex-wife in that sad little plot of land on a golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey just for tax breaks.
So I looked up NJ tax law and people…it’s a trifecta of tax evasion. All property, income and sales taxes were abolished. pic.twitter.com/VDZBlDyuhQ
— Brooke Harrington (@EBHarrington) 31 July 2022
This conclusion, according to Harrington et al in The Guardian, is based on the New Jersey tax code, which exempts all cemetery lands from all taxes, rates and assessments.
Harrington, who also tweeted the full message, added that the tax code does not set a minimum number of human remains for tax benefits, so “one mistake appears to be enough to mask at least three forms of taxation.” New Jersey Cemetery Land Tax Code.
The Guardian newspaper said the funeral of Ivana Trump has potential tax implications for a trust fund for the Trump family that owns the golf course.
Speculation about tax breaks at Ivana Trump’s burial site spiked last week when the New York Post published photos of a grave she had just dug in a patch of dirt and grass near the first hole. The melancholic tomb of a once high-society queen in 1980s Manhattan oddities contains only a simple plaque bearing her name and dates of birth and death.
After the death of Ivana Trump, her three children – Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump – wrote their greetings to her on social media. In an Instagram post, Ivanka Trump wrote: “Heartbroken at the passing of my mother… I will miss her forever and her memory will always be in our hearts.”
Trump Jr. also wrote: “Mom, we will miss you so much. …From your sense of humor to your sense of adventure, I am who I am today because of you. I love you so much.” The vice president of the Trump Organization ended his role with “RIP.”
Ivana Trump is the first person known to be buried in Bedminster, where Trump and his family spend every summer, but previous reports say the former real estate mogul-turned-Republican leader has long floated ideas for various types of operations in or near launching cemeteries. . his own golf course.
Documents released by ProPublica show that the Trump Family Trust previously sought to designate a nearby property in Hackettstown, New Jersey, as a nonprofit cemetery foundation. In 2012, Trump also tried to build a cemetery with about 500 graves in Bedminster that would be open to any member of his golf club, NPR reported. Golf club members pay about $150,000 to join the golf club and an additional $20,000 in annual fees. Trump also wanted to build himself an ornate chapel and mausoleum in the middle of the golf course, but this proposal was rejected by local officials.
Recently, the Trump Organization proposed building some cemeteries on his golf course, the Washington Post reported in 2017. One would have 294 plots to sell to the public. The idea was that buyers, most likely golfers, “could pay for some kind of permanent membership” in the club, the Washington Post said.
The second grave will contain about 10 pieces overlooking the first hole dedicated to Trump and his family. The Washington Post reported in 2017 that the Trump Organization had received approval from local officials to move forward with plans for his cemetery.
While Trump was in the White House, it was up to Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump to decide whether to continue. Construction has not yet begun on any of them.
Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka Trump may have seen their mother’s death as an opportunity to start building a small plot of land near the first hole.
Harrington and others online said it would be unusual for Donald Trump, who divorced Ivana Trump in 1990, to have a legal opinion on where his first wife is buried. So it will be up to the survivors, including her three children, to make the final decision.
“The children and Ivana’s mother had to keep up,” Harrington Tweet on Twitter. “That’s the shocking part.”
The paper said Ivana Trump was buried in a section of the clubhouse under the back of the first tee. Golfers won’t necessarily see it as a tee.
When it comes to the Trump family getting into the cemetery business, they may have realized that this is not the best way to make money in New Jersey because land is expensive, but cemetery plots are generally cheap, and people turn they are increasingly being cremated, according to the Washington Post. He said.
The “Guardian” added that the tax benefits of burying Ivana Trump on the golf course would not be very large. The plot of land in which it is buried is unlikely to provide tax relief for the entire property in Deminster.
On the other hand, someone like Trump will probably be looking for what kind of tax breaks he can get. After all, as Harrington wrote in the New York Times, the very rich can pay expert lawyers and accountants tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to look for loopholes to keep their tax bills as low as possible.
Trump also found another way to cut his tax bill in Bedminster, according to The Washington Post. In the past, he designated the unused plot of land where Ivana is believed to be buried as a farm because some of the trees on the site were turned into sponges used for flower beds.
The Trump Organization has also found other ways to make money from the Bedminster property. The three siblings joined their father last weekend in welcoming players to the controversial LIV Golf Invitational Series, which was financially backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.
The Washington Post reported that Trump declined to answer reporters’ questions about how much he and the Trump Organization paid to host the tournament. Trump and his family have faced criticism from survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and their families for hosting the tournament just 50 miles from Ground Zero. An organization representing survivors and their relatives has raised questions about whether Saudi officials played a role in the 2001 attacks.