Trump Tries To Avoid Paying Taxes By Demanding Town Charge Him Less For His Lavish Golf Course | THE POLITICUS

Trump Tries To Avoid Paying Taxes By Demanding Town Charge Him Less For His Lavish Golf Course

Donald Trump is trying to bully a town into cutting his taxes.

Trump National Golf Club, Westchester is situated near the town of Briarcliff Manor, New York.

Assessors have listed the property as being worth $15.1 million and the taxes the Trump Organization pays every year amount to $500,000.

But this year, Trump and his business are by taking the town to court.

That’s right, Trump is taking Briarcliff Manor to court, forcing residents to pay for their defense to force Trump to pay his fair share of taxes the town needs to support local services and the education system.

The Trump organization is claiming that the golf course is only worth $7.5 million, which would cut their tax bill in half to around $250,000. In other words, Trump is trying to dodge taxes by devaluing his own property.

The sleazy effort to dodge the tax bill was slammed by receiver of taxes Gloria Fried.

“It is very difficult when you see someone who has all these assets at his disposal who would rather pay lawyers to avoid his civic duty of paying taxes,” she said.

Indeed, Trump is a very wealthy man. He’s a billionaire with hundreds of millions of dollars in assets.

$500,000 to him is mere pocket change. It’s more important to the residents of Briarcliff Manor than it is to Trump and his rich family.

Nevertheless, this isn’t the first time Trump has protested his tax bill. He has been whining about it for years, childishly paying his taxes for the last two years with checks marked “Paid Under Protest” while continuing to litigate the 2015 and 2016 tax bills in court. And that’s after the town had already given Trump a major break by valuing the golf course and housing development to $15.1 million from $38 million back in 2008.

Interestingly, Donald Trump bragged about the property on his 2016 financial disclosure form by listing it as being worth $50 million. So if anything, the town should RAISE taxes on Trump, not cut them in half.

Trump literally assessed the value of his own property as being $50 million. Trump can’t seriously claim it is worth that much and argue that it’s worth far less at the same time. That shouldn’t fly in any court in this country.

Donald Trump should not be allowed to bully his way into a lower tax bracket just because he sits on his ass inside the White House. He should have to pay his fair share of taxes just like the rest of us.


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