Buried on Trump’s golf course

Ivana Trump, who was former President Donald Trump’s first wife, was buried last month near the first hole at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, New Jersey. Both the New York Post, The Insider and The Guardian report on the tax benefits.

– A sad little piece of land

Ivana Trump died earlier in July after falling at her apartment in Manhattan, New York. She was 73 years old. Her grave on the golf course stands alone, marked only by a metal plaque with her name, date of birth and date of death. The New York Post has shown a picture where two simple, white bouquets have been laid on the ground.

– I was initially skeptical of the rumors that Trump buried his ex-wife on his sad little patch of land on the golf course in Bedminster just to get tax benefits, said sociology professor Brooke Harrington earlier this week. She researches, among other things, taxation. Therefore, she researched the tax codes, and found that this is a way to escape three types of taxes: Property, income and sales taxes are eliminated.

Brooke expressed her disbelief on Twitter: She couldn’t believe that the three children her mother loved would allow their father to treat their mother’s remains like this.

Donald Trump and Ivana Trump when they were married.  Here they stand outside a courtroom where she received her US citizenship in 1988. Photo: AP / NTB

Donald Trump and Ivana Trump when they were married. Here they stand outside a courtroom where she received her US citizenship in 1988. Photo: AP / NTB

Plans for several types of burial sites

The radio station NPR reported in 2012 that Trump planned to build a mausoleum on the site, which led to local protests. The plans were changed several times, and ten family graves are now said to have been applied for in the same place.

according to Washington Post however, it is unlikely that such a small area will lead to full tax exemption for the golf course. But everything counts towards the tax, and the same newspaper reports that Trump has previously tried to get the area classified as agricultural land because some trees in the area were turned into fertilizer for flower beds.

Trump has received applications to turn the area into a burial ground for the club’s members. It was supposed to be like an eternal membership.

FILE PHOTO: Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, photographed on October 2, 2020. Ivana's grave is located near the first hole, and should not be easily visible.

FILE PHOTO: Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, photographed on October 2, 2020. Ivana’s grave is located near the first hole, and should not be easily visible. Photo: Seth Wenig / AP / NTB

19 feet high mausoleum

Trump already has a cemetery in Queens near his mother and father’s graves, but he still made plans for a big, shiny mausoleum in Bedminster. Its mound was to be 19 feet high, in stone with several obelisks, and it was to be in the middle of the golf course.

“It’s never something you like to think about, but it makes sense,” Trump said New York Post when he laid this plan in 2007.

– The place is so beautiful, and Bedminster is one of the richest areas in the country, he points out.

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