Trump and his companies paid about $2.9 million in 2016 taxes — far less than the $3.7 million local law enforcement has spent to protect him during seven visits to Palm Beach since January.
His 2016 taxes are paid in full, but his representatives are using tax assessment appeals and a court fight to try to win refunds on two of his golf courses.
Trump’s property tax payments included:
- Almost $1.8 million for Trump National Doral, which is appealing its assessment to try to lower the tax bill.
- Nearly $400,000 for the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter. The club lost a tax assessment appeal in January.
- About $140,000 for the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, which gets a big discount by using land leased from the county.
- About $460,000 for the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, a resort that Trump calls his Southern White House.
- Another $183,000 for two homes and a vacant lot near Mar-a-Lago.
Trump was among about 5,100 Palm Beach County property owners who filed challenges to their property assessments last year in an attempt to reduce their tax bills. Only 6 percent of those won their appeals, according to the property appraiser’s office.
The challenges haven’t worked for four years in a row for Trump’s Jupiter golf course, and the fact that he’s now the president doesn’t change anything, said Vince McLaren, who did the appraisal for the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office.
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