Dean Zerbe, alliantgroup National Managing Director and former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, was quoted by the Associated Press in a report examining Donald Trump’s charitable donations.
In an article by Jeff Horwitz, “Proof of Trump’s Charity Giving Elusive,” the AP investigated the Republican presidential candidate’s claim that he has donated over $102 million (in both land and cash) to charitable organizations over the last five years. According to the report, a review of the Donald J. Trump foundation’s tax filings “show that Trump has made no charitable contributions to his own namesake nonprofit since 2008.” The report also finds that actual cash donations account for around only a tenth of what Trump claims to have donated and that most of the transactions are land related.
Driving Range Tax-Write Off
Referencing Trump’s announcement in January that he was providing a land conservancy in Rancho Palos Verdes, California—a claim that city planning documents reveal to be false with Trump having no plans to use the land for anything other than a driving range—Zerbe noted how the donation will likely lead to a significant tax write-off for Trump.
By committing to use his driving range as a driving range, Trump is likely entitled to a sizable tax deduction, said Dean Zerbe, a tax attorney for Alliant Group of Houston and who previously headed an investigation into easement write-offs for the Senate Finance Committee.
“It’s shocking how much you see in the way of golf easements,” he said. “Are we comfortable that this is something we want to subsidize with tax policy?
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