Palm Beach Paper Exposes “Tax Scam” At Mar-A-Lago

The Palm Beach Post reports:

Donald Trump’s deal with the town of Palm Beach to turn Mar-a-Lago into a private club hinged on an act of charity crafted to skirt IRS scrutiny and deliver for Trump a seven-figure tax break, a Palm Beach Post investigation has found.

To make sure Trump could get the $5.7 million deduction, America’s future president and his lawyers intentionally left out those details from the written agreement with town officials.

The deal, which took shape in public meetings over several months in 1993, provides the best look at Trump’s largest form of charity: an obscure and controversial land-use deduction known as a preservation easement.

Since then, Trump has applied the tax break to his golf courses and estates to potentially deduct more than $100 million from his taxes, even though the IRS once listed such deductions among their “Dirty Dozen Tax Scams.” One tax expert said that if Trump is under audit, as he says he is, his frequent and vigorous use of the deductions “absolutely” could be why.

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  • Lazycrockett

    Grifter’s gonna grift.

  • Reality.Bites

    Two words: Al Capone.

    • Harveyrabbit
      • “Enthusiasms…enthusiasms…”

      • Todd20036

        Couldn’t swing that bat hard enough to dent a marshmallow.

      • JAKvirginia

        Look at his face. He’s having a baseball fantasy moment. Like he had a firefighter fantasy moment in that firetruck. He’s nuts.

      • Reality.Bites

        Or more accurately, a capon.

      • Lindoro Almaviva

        well, what the detectives could not do, the IRS investigators did, so if he wants to be Capone, by all means, bring the IRS.

    • Texndoc

      It’s not illegal to take advantage of “obscure“ and “controversial” deductions. His accountants probably get bonuses for finding them.

  • I would be shocked ever to learn that Donald’s ever done anything decent, honorable, or honest.

    • another_steve

      But Melania loves him. 💖

      • Mark Née Fuzz

        She loves the buyout she’ll get when her stint is up and he moves on to his next Eastern European hooker (allegedly).

        • northern_neighbour

          Nah, his future hookers will be on the side. His legal team has got Melania boxed in. Separate bedrooms, and she’ll do her own thing after he’s impeached, she’ll have lotsa dough and her little Baron to console here.

          • Reality.Bites

            No way he won’t cheat her out of a fair contract like he does everyone else.

            But in all seriousness, he’s 71, in poor health and very overweight. Sex may not be much of a thing for him anymore, and goodness knows he doesn’t actually LIKE the women he marries so he wouldn’t want a new wife for companionship.

            Melanoma’s the last Jedi.

        • Todd20036

          Either that or she is hoping for the jackpot she’ll get if he dies soon.

          High priced whore indeed.

          • vorpal

            I don’t care how many billions of dollars I might get for it… one day of that orange amorphous bloated pus sac with it climbing on top of me all sweaty, grunting, and thrusting is too much.

          • Todd20036

            I’d agree. Most difficult 5 minutes of my life.

          • JAKvirginia

            What a truly revolting word-image.

          • vorpal

            Sometimes I hate my imagination.

          • Reality.Bites

            Yeah, but with you he’d be a bottom.

          • MonochromeMouse

            Not to mention having to spend 18 years raising one of the trump brats.

          • Galvestonian

            I’m sure he’s too lazy to get ‘on top’ any more and much less expend any effort — she’s doing all the distasteful and disgusting moves to ‘get him off’ — if that is even possible at all anymore.

          • vorpal

            I dunno… I am convinced that one thing that Trump never suffers from is performance anxiety or self-esteem issues. I bet he’s able to thrust that tiny throbbing thing with no issues.

          • another_steve

            When he dies and they divvy up his relatives, I want Jared.

          • vorpal

            Maybe you’ll get conjugal prison visits.

          • JAKvirginia

            Ah, yes. Go for the low-hanging fruit.

          • ChrisMorley

            In your 12 Step Recovery Program you seem to be falling off the wagon, again.

          • Galvestonian

            … promise, oh please — promise that you’ll film it all. You’ll make millions – just from scrubbing the Trump off of him.

            Will it be a ritual cleansing ?

          • Reality.Bites

            When the debts are collected what the hell will be left for her – and I don’t she gets much compared to the favoured kids anyway.

          • RoFaWh

            Difficult in many places to disinherit one’s legal spouse.

            Are we certain that Trump and Melanoma are legally married?

          • Paula Key

            BOOK deals, t.v interviews, older woman modelling

      • SelectFromWhere

        She loves his MONEY. Pretty obvious from photos of any time they are together that she doesn’t want to be anywhere near him.

        • vorpal

          Not very bright orange + green = a revolting shade of brown.
          Seems about right.

        • RoFaWh

          What money?

    • Bryan

      I mean his publicly stated M.O. is to do things he thinks he can get away with…

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    • RoFaWh

      Rest assured you will never be subject to such mental disturbance.

      Everything about Trump is a fuck-you, indecent, dishonorable, and dishonest.

    • Smithbc

      Oh definitely. A far more shocking g revelation would be “Trump has always paid his fair share of taxes and never used shady practices”

    • Chris Baker

      What?!?!?!?! You must have forgotten about all the charitable donations he promised.

      That he promised …

      • Nowhereman

        He complains about the Clinton Foundation, which actually does good work, while he uses his own foundation as a family slush fund. Every single jot and tittle of his life needs to be investigated.

  • KCMC
    • Lazycrockett

      Nog.

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Egg Nog?

        • Todd20036

          Only when he’s drunk

        • Leo Tallant

          Well, one of the drinks we can make during the winter festival in Star Trek Online is ‘Nog’s Nog” sooooo, maybe.

  • greenmanTN
    • another_steve

      ^^ And the JMG 2017 Award for Most Politically-Incorrect Comment of the Year goes to…

      …GREENMANTN !!!

      • Well, even more politically incorrect would be telling a joke here like this —
        How did Helen Keller’s dog lose her virginity?
        The answer would involve Donald Trump or one of his sons, and involve the Me Too movement, but I have to think of the answer.

        • JAKvirginia

          Whst was her dog doing with her virginity?

        • another_steve

          Answer: Trump mistook the dog for a Russian hooker.

        • Reality.Bites

          A blind friend of mine knew all of them. Taught me some I hadn’t heard.

      • Reality.Bites

        No, that would be your rape fantasies, and your child pornography, Catholic church and hate speech apologias.

        • Gustav2

          There is nothing wrong with going after papists!

          The “universal” church, right. lol

        • JCF

          This seems wildly overstated to me.

          Yes, I have sometimes been uncomfortable w/ the (seeming under-) age of some of his posted twinks (and have told him so. He’s certain they’re of legal age, and I can’t prove it, so… At any rate, he knows of my concern about this issue).

          But I have seen nothing like the other 3 charges (and I’m a pretty obsessive regular JMG participant). You seem to have a serious beef w/ another_steve. That’s your business…unless you make it everyone’s business, by repeatedly bringing it up here. Please stop. [If you *seriously* believe he’s violating JOE’s Rules-of-Blog, then I suggest you take it DIRECTLY to Joe. As always, Fearless Leader can make the final call.]

  • another_steve

    Arrest the fucker already.

    Just arrest him.

    • Todd20036

      Kushner? You REALLY want him all locked up, don’t you?

  • pj

    everything is a scam or a con. what a fine example for the next generation. lie when it gets you what you want, dont pay people who do work for you. chump is pond scum.

  • Max_1
    • coram nobis

      The ghost of Christmas future.

    • Hurry the fuck up, Bobby Three Sticks. This country can’t last much longer under the malignant reign of Cheeto Twitler.

    • KarenAtFOH

      If he takes trump down, he belongs on Mt Rushmore.

      • Lazycrockett

        and the corrupt republican establishment.

    • How times have changed. Go back to 2001, when Robert Mueller was a George Bush #2 appointee head of the FBI. He was a relatively conservative Reagan Republican, a Marine war hero, with a patrician Ivy League background. Now, go forward 16 years. Would anyone have any guess that he would be lauded by Democrats and progressives — and villainized by the right wing of the Republican Party which once had such great admiration for him?

      • coram nobis

        … but that was before America went down the rabbit hole, up the spout and into a dimension in which logic and time were bent by the advent of Trump, and Mr. Mueller would be transformed with the rest, in the Twilight Zone.

    • JCF

      Person of the Year.

  • William

    A hurricane couldn’t make that place look any worse.

  • Achilles Tsakiridis

    Come on guys … seriously .. but … but … HER EMAILS !!!!

  • northern_neighbour

    But what wouldya have expected Blanche? He did this NATCH!

    This is classic absolutely typical Drumpf scam procedure. Why d’ja think he
    has a hundred scam lawyers on his tab, who he sometimes pays partial amounts?

    Blanche, He DID just as always he does! Get over it already, ya doofus!

  • netxtown

    Well – two hip-hip-hurrays for the palm Beach Post. So now what the fuck is anybody going to do about it? That’s been the problem all along: there’s all kinds of criminal trash in this dumpster fire – and nobody wants to put it out.

    When I see some agency – ANY agency – put on their big boy pants and deal with this thieving motherfucker – I might sit up and pay attention. Until then – it’s all boring theater.

    • Reality.Bites

      The city and country governments of Palm Beach hate Trump passionately. His visits there cost them huge uncompensated expenditures in policing, traffic control, etc. The area voted strongly for Hillary

      • RoFaWh

        Palm Beach should send the White House a bill for the expenses so far with the annotation “No further protective services will be provided until this account is paid in full.”

        And then simply not bother. If anyone complains, give them a blank stare and shrug.

    • Gustav2

      The IRS keeps receiving cuts to their budget and no upgrades in their computer system.

      • Paula Key

        I am sure retirees would work for free.

    • Chris Baker

      Because, unofrtunately, there is a difference between ‘questionable’ and ‘illegal’.

      And God help the person who opens up that can of worms. Although, perhaps the town of Palm Beach is fed up with him and the expenses he is causing the town. Is there anything they can do to show that this was not legal?

  • Frostbite

    I’m shocked!

    • Tor

      Quoting my mother when I came out to her, “I’m shocked, but not surprised.”

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    That’s what makes him so dern smart !

    – Earl & Shuryl, Puckerbutt, USA

  • RobynWatts

    And in other news…water is wet.

  • His plane just touched down at Palm Beach International. We now have traffic jams for the next three weeks. How coincidental (vomits).

    • SoCalGal20

      So has Rybovlev’s or the Mercer’s yachts shown up yet?

  • coram nobis

    From the Palm Beach Post story: “Among the $2.9 million in decor likely to be sold: seven antique needlework tapestries from a Venetian palace worth $100,000 …”

    Worth remembering that a lot of the art created in the Venetian Republic was lost, looted by Bonaparte when he conquered northern Italy and abolished the Republic. The great artist Canova was able to get some of it back from the Allies after Bonaparte’s defeat, but a lot of looted Venetian art is still out there.

    https://byronico.com/2013/07/14/the-sack-of-italy-or-how-canova-made-a-fool-of-napoleon/

  • Max_1
    • KarenAtFOH

      wash rinse repeat — wash rinse repeat

    • I really, really wanna see a blizzard of indictments SOON.

    • Oooh! State charges that can’t be pardoned by Daddy-in-law!

      • sfbob

        No, still federal. Just “federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.” But don’t despair, I’m sure state charges brought against Jared sooner or later.

    • JCF
  • Gustav2
    • RoFaWh

      Judging from assorted remarks at Wildlife Aid, an English wildlife rescue and recovery outfit, fox poop is very stinky.

      • Gustav2

        I will have to ask my hounds. /s

    • JCF

      That’s a Hole in Ewwww!!!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    We should start the rumor that donnie has to BEG Mueller for permission to travel outside of DC.
    His fan base would melt !

    • RoFaWh

      Maybe Mueller can convince a judge to issue an injunction forbidding Trump from leaving DC lest he flee the country. He would go nuts cooped up in a city well known among blacks as a “chocolate city”.

  • paganguy

    The only part that’s surprising is that anyone is surprised.

    • Scout

      Yes, 45’s point of view is that this type of crime makes him “smart”.

  • Lazycrockett

    So the House is calling Bannon to testify………….

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • Bambino

    Who would have thought putting a python in a chicken coop is a bad idea to secure the poultry?

  • Lazycrockett
    • Reality.Bites

      “This is what white people get to feel like ALL THE TIME?”

      You mean riddled with anxiety over not meeting Hollywood standards of beauty? 😉

      • Gustav2

        Give them time.

      • Todd20036

        they are beautiful tho

    • SoCalGal20

      Awesome!

      I saw a trailer for this in the theater a few months back. I’m excited to this.

    • JCF

      “…and Andy Serkis”

      My People, VISIBILITY! (LOL)

      I see pretty people. 🙂 [But will it be any good?]

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Happy Holidays! Remember Jesus is the reason for the Season Mayo! Ewww https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4e894fb0ec943bc6a65d95d43d921caca68298a2b3227b3c0a216d604f2402fb.jpg

    • agcons

      Have you ever tweeted back at Graham, Rubio, or Perry? This would be perfect.

    • coram nobis

      Soup to Nuts: The Story of Christianity.

    • JCF

      *snort*

  • bkmn
    • JCF

      Dildo Docking-Port OPEN!

  • Just another in the increasingly long list of crimes for which Donald Trump will never be held accountable.

    (Sorry, not feeling very optimistic today.)

  • Slippy_World

    Scott D
    Today when Trump arrives at Mar-a-Lago, he will have officially spent over 20% of his presidency at his golf courses, wasting $91,655,424 in taxpayer dollars on his travels to them. Playing golf, drinking a dozen or more diet cokes a day, lounging around like he’s in retirement.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/58245206c4f7c1e198440cdca9cb494b8828ca330925e3721fbf618a82e965aa.jpg

    • Megrim Twist

      Poor Barron!

      • JCF

        And did Tiffany really deserve to be lumped in here w/ the traitors?

  • GanymedeRenard

    Of course. Corruption: Zero.

  • OT- All this Trump ugliness is too much to take during the Holiday season. Harry and Meghan’s B/W Engagement Photo is gorgeous. It put me in a good mood when I saw this yesterday even though it looks like a jewelry ad. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/01f38d2de7fb0d623fc96cb3acaf7c50f0be81cf50042f7f9610bc4bb92e3a97.jpg

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    I would be shocked if it matters at this point.

  • Halou

    Will he ever be made to pay that money?

  • Piet

    Still waiting for someone with a modicum of power to invoke the emoluments clause. Why not Marco, or someone he nudges on the House side?

  • JWC

    what doesn’t surprise me about this schmuck

  • Kevin Andrews

    The Little Jew king shows his lack of character more and more daily. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8f6c2ac98fc1f60da04cdd60143df7d63046de6ef34b87bfb0fcd150bb2874d0.png

  • glass

    Trump did not build his empire on a “house of cards” model. He used 1-ply toilet paper sheets instead. It’s so fragile that high humidity could take him down.

    • kareemachan

      Or climate change.

      • Ray Taylor

        That’s illegal!

  • Galvestonian

    How in the name of all that is holy did this “Mo-Fo” ever get elected ??? Oh right – lies, corruption, cheating, Russian hacking and who know what else, theft, bribing and a hell of a lot of really stupid moronic Republicans.

    • Gianni

      What, no credit for his winning personality and his historic oratorical skills? 🙂