By Matthew Hoffman
Isn’t even death sacred to Donald Trump? Bad allegations have been made against the former US President: The 76-year-old had his first wife Ivana († 73) buried on his golf course to save on taxes.
So says Brooke Harrington, a sociology professor and self-proclaimed tax detective. She wrote on Twitter: At first she was skeptical that Trump buried his ex-wife “on this little piece of dirt” just to avoid the tax authorities.
“So I looked at the New Jersey tax code, and folks … It’s a hat-trick of tax avoidance. Property, payroll and sales tax, all eliminated.”
Trump’s trick is said to be completely legal: Properties in the US state that are used as cemeteries would be partially or completely exempt from the taxes mentioned, depending on their size. Regardless of how many people are buried there. USA Today’s Phoebe Wall Howard tweeted, “Ivana Trump’s grave at golf club will likely net huge tax break.”
The Washington Post reported back in 2017 that the Republican had chosen the property as his final resting place. It is his “favorite property”. Even then, Trump was already paying less taxes for the golf course because he had it classified as farmland. To this end, a herd of goats lived on the site.
Ivana Trump died after falling down the stairs
Ivana Trump died on July 14 after falling down the stairs. A close friend of the Czech native told the New York Post after the accident: “I hated those stairs so much. They were so treacherous. We were afraid Ivana would fall off.”
On July 30, the ex-model’s remains were buried at Donald Trump’s National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Around 100 people are said to have said goodbye to the simple grave, including their children Donald Jr. (44), Ivanka (40) and Eric (38). According to media reports, the former president gave a speech in which he praised his ex (married from 1977 to 1992) as an “incredible woman”.