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FACT CHECK: Will Trump’s Golf Resort not pay taxes due to Ivana’s burial site?

A post on twitter claims former President Donald Trump’s National Golf Club complex in Bedminster, New Jersey will not pay taxes because of its location as Ivana Trump’s grave.

Verdict: False

While there is a parcel of land that is designated as a cemetery and could be tax-exempt, it does not apply to the entire complex.

Fact check:

The former president’s first ex-wife, Ivana, died at the age of 73 in July after suffering injuries from a fall at her home in New York City, according to CNBC. She was buried at the former president’s New Jersey golf club that same month, on New York Post informed.

The tweet, which has been shared more than 200 times, claims that Trump’s golf club would get huge tax benefits after Ivana Trump’s body was buried there.

β€œAs a ‘cemetery,’ Bedminster pays no taxes and cannot be seized in court,” the post’s caption reads in part. (RELATED: Will the Trump family save $1 billion under the GOP tax plan?)

In New Jersey, cemetery organizations may qualify for a tax deduction and stipulations, but must be fully engaged in the cemetery industry. Cemetery organizations must also register as a nonprofit organization to qualify for tax exceptions.

The Trump Family Trust received authorization for a cemetery company on the property, weekly reports. However, the New Jersey State Cemetery Board approved a private cemetery that would only apply to a 5,700-square-foot parcel of the property, making that amount of land potentially tax-exempt, according to the outlet.

“It is extremely unlikely that the golf course will ever qualify as a cemetery business.” Thomas Olson a New Jersey-based attorney told Check Your Fact by phone. “Keep in mind that to be a cemetery company, it must be dedicated and intended to be used for a cemetery and for cemetery purposes, neither of which is happening there.”

Olson explained that there is a statute β€œthat says land that is used for a cemetery could be subject to an exemption, but even somehow, if that were to apply, it would only apply to the very, very small area that the next to Tomb. up.”

This is not the first time that false claims have been made about the death of Ivana Trump. Check Your Fact recently debunked the claim that Donald Trump called her death “highly suspicious.”


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