Ivana Trump, the first wife of former President Donald Trump, is buried at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, which could mean tax breaks for the Trump family’s business.
The New York Post reported that Ivana Trump was laid to rest near the first hole on NJ golf course, “not too far from the main club,” with white flowers and a plaque indicating the new grave with her name and the dates of her birth and death. The mother of three of the former president’s children – Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump – died on July 14 at the age of 73; Officials said it was an accidental death from serious injuries to her torso at her New York home.
Pictures The burial plot drew criticism, with some describing it as “gentle” and “recluse”. The former model, who was married to Donald Trump from 1977 to 1992 and was known for her lines of jewelry, fashion and beauty products, is the first known person to be buried at the Trump National Golf Club.
It also raised questions about whether or not Donald Trump would benefit financially from the burial site.
Insider reports that New Jersey tax law states that any land designated for cemetery purposes is exempt from all taxes, prices, and assessments. Cemetery businesses are also specifically exempt from paying any property taxes, rates, appraisals, or taxes on personal property on their land, as well as business taxes, sales taxes, income taxes, and inheritance taxes.
Trump had reportedly planned to build a cemetery for family members at the golf club for more than a decade, then later modified the proposal to include a 284-lot cemetery, with grave sites made available for sale. Tax documents from the Trump Family Trust published by ProPublica also show plans to designate a property in Hackettstown, NJ – 20 miles from Bedminster – as a not-for-profit cemetery corporation.
Trump, 76, previously said he wanted to be buried on the golf course, too.
“Mr. Trump… specifically wrote this property for his last resting place because it is his favorite property,” his company wrote in a 2014 filing, according to the New York Post.