Did Trump bury Ivana on one of his golf courses for tax relief?
The burial site of former President Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana, is near the first hole at Trump National Golf Club – and some wonder if this has tax implications for the business owned by the former commander chief.
Trump’s ex-wife is the first known person to be buried in the Golf course owned by Trump.
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According to the state of New Jersey tax codeland dedicated to cemetery purposes is exempt from all taxes, duties and assessments.
Cemetery businesses are also exempt from paying property taxes, rates and assessments, or personal property taxes on their land.
This also includes business taxes, sales taxes, income taxes and inheritance taxes.
In the New Jersey Law Revision Commission, they describe a “cemetery company“as an individual, “society, association” or other group that “owns or operates a cemetery”, but it does not incorporate a religious organization that “owns a cemetery that restricts burials to members of that religion or their families” as long as the group has a “certificate of authority for the cemetery”.
For at least a decade, Trump planned to build variations of a cemetery on the course.
According to a 2012 report by NPR, Trump’s intention was to create a mausoleum in which to bury himself one day.
He later changed his proposal to create a cemetery on the property for over 1,000 possible graves.
The Washington Post noted in 2017 that Trump once again changed his designs and planned to create a “10-plot private family cemetery” at the exact location.
The former president made another amendment to the proposal to include a 284-plot cemetery.
On July 14, 73-year-old Ivana Trump died at her Upper East Side home in Manhattan.
Authorities ruled out it was an accidental death after she faces blunt force injuries to the torso.
Indy100 contacted representatives for Donald Trump and Trump National Golf Course Bedminster for comment.
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