Donald Trump has been accused of burying his first wife, Ivana, at a golf club in New Jersey to take advantage of state tax breaks on cemeteries.
Dartmouth sociology professor Brock Harrington, a self-described tax researcher, tweeted: ‘I was skeptical of rumors that Trump had buried his ex-wife in that sad little plot of dirt on a golf course in Bedminster, NJ just for tax breaks. ”
“So I checked the NJ tax code and people…it’s a trifecta for tax evasion,” she concluded. Property, income and sales tax, they are all excluded.
Harrington later tweeted that there was no stipulation on the amount of human remains needed to qualify for the break.
The academy also shared a screenshot of New Jersey’s laws on cemetery tax credits to prove its point.
Plots in New Jersey designated for use as a cemetery are not subject to property, income, or sales tax.
Ivana was buried in a plot near the first tee of a golf course after her funeral in Manhattan on July 20. The former Czech model was found dead at her home on July 14 after falling down some stairs. She was 73 years old.
Ivana’s last burial place features a wreath and a shiny granite stone engraved with her name and date of birth to date of death.
It is surrounded by trees and set back on a small slope near the entrance to the stadium, the first of the ten plots divided for the Trump family cemetery.
Dartmouth sociology professor Brooke Harrington, who calls herself a tax researcher, has concluded that Trump avoids three types of taxes at the cemetery.
USA Today’s Phoebe Wall Howard tweeted: ‘New Jersey law exempts land used for cemetery purposes from income, sales and use taxes. The #ivanatrump burial site at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster will likely offer a huge tax break.
Howard followed this up by saying, “Business and inheritance taxes are also exempt. Cemetery property is also exempt from sale to collect judgments.”
The fraction applies as long as the plot is less than 10 acres. The land allotted in Bedminster is 1.5 acres, which means that any tax exemption will not apply to the entire golf club.
Trump previously designated the plot as a farm to take advantage of more tax breaks, as it produced mulch for gardening.
The full Tax and Cemetery Act states: “Cembs and cemeteries used or intended to be used for the burial of dead bodies or their ashes not exceeding ten acres of land, and cemeteries and buildings designated for the use of the cemeteries on which they are erected, are exempt from tax under this chapter all shrines, crypts, or Cellars or structures intended to hold or contain the corpses or ashes of the dead, and designated solely for this purpose or kept for that purpose.
According to the year 2017 Washington Post Feature, Trump Corporation wrote in the filings: ‘Mr. Trump… He specifically chose this property for his last resting place as it is his favorite property.
In the same feature, it is detailed thanks to the Trump Organization’s success in obtaining the land on which the cemetery is located classified as farmland.
Thanks to New Jersey’s pro-farm tax policies, Trump pays only $16.31 per year in land taxes.
In 2016, The Wall Street Journal She mentioned that Bedminster was home to a herd of goats which contributed to the organization’s claims that the area was farmland.
Ivanka Trump with Donald, Melania and the rest of the family leaving the funeral
The magazine estimated that without the farmland tax credit, Trump would have to pay about $80,000 annually in levies.
Before her burial, the Trump Organization had dedicated the grounds in Bedminster “so you could have a traditional Catholic burial,” according to the New York times.
In 2014, the Trump Organization received permits for ten burial coupons on his land for members of his plan.
The organization upped the ante in 2017 when it applied for nearly 300 plots of land on the golf course to sell to club members who had paid $300,000, according to reports. NJ.com.
“Burying in a typical cemetery is one thing, but it’s different if you’re buried next to the fifth fairway at Trump National, where golfers will carry memberships over many generations,” his advisor Ed Russo told the website.
The mayor of Bidminster, Robert Holtaway, told the Washington Post that members were “puzzled” by the petition.
Holtaway said: ‘It just didn’t make sense to me. We do not question the motives. We are there as a land use council.
The ex-president has turned on where he wants to be buried
Close friends and family members attended the funeral service at Trump Bedminster Golf Club after the service
Ivana Trump on July 14, after falling into her Upper East Side home. Last seen on June 22, she’s cruising the Upper East Side with the help of an assistant (left). Filmed, right, in Paris in 1991
Trump began making plans for the cemetery in 2007. It quoted a former apprentice host New York Post At the time, “It’s not something you like to ever think about, but it makes sense,” she said at the time.
“This is beautiful land,” he continued, “and Bedminster is one of the richest places in the country.”
The Post reported at the time that plans for the cemetery also included plans to build a bridal chapel. In 2009, Trump’s daughter Ivanka and Jared Kushner got married on the estate.
The original plan for the cemetery was to build a mausoleum for the Trump family with an altar, six vaults, and four 19-foot-high stone obelisks.
Although Trump backed away from those plans due to domestic objections.
The former president has turned on where he wants to be buried. His late parents are resting on a family plot of land in Queens, while, like all other former presidents, he also has the option of burial in Arlington.
‘He wasn’t comfortable arguing, so he backed out,’ Ed Russo told NJ.com at the time. Then I did some soul-searching and talked to the members who loved the idea of the cemetery, and I was smart enough to bring it to Mr. Trump and thought it was a great idea.
On the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration as president, an activist group called INDECLINE infiltrated the property during the night and set up a mock cemetery. Tombstones were laid to mourn the loss of “decency” and “our future”.
The piece was called Grave New World. A spokesperson for the group said they were inspired to make the piece after reading about Trump’s plans for a cemetery on the grounds.
“We were just helping him find his way,” he said.