NY TIMES: Trump Engaged in ‘Outright Fraud’ to Avoid Taxes

Donald Trump at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)
 
 
A huge New York Times deep dive into Donald Trump's financial history reveals the real estate magnate who one day would become President "participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents."

The Times reports it examined 295 revenue streams of Trump's father, Fred Trump, for its report. Among various examples, it offers this:

The most overt fraud was All County Building Supply & Maintenance, a company formed by the Trump family in 1992. All County’s ostensible purpose was to be the purchasing agent for Fred Trump’s buildings, buying everything from boilers to cleaning supplies. It did no such thing, records and interviews show. Instead All County siphoned millions of dollars from Fred Trump’s empire by simply marking up purchases already made by his employees. Those millions, effectively untaxed gifts, then flowed to All County’s owners — Donald Trump, his siblings and a cousin. Fred Trump then used the padded All County receipts to justify bigger rent increases for thousands of tenants.

The Times also reports that Donald Trump's "manipulation of values to evade taxes was central to one of the most important financial events in Donald Trump’s life."

In an episode never before revealed, Mr. Trump and his siblings gained ownership of most of their father’s empire on Nov. 22, 1997, a year and a half before Fred Trump’s death. Critical to the complex transaction was the value put on the real estate. The lower its value, the lower the gift taxes. The Trumps dodged hundreds of millions in gift taxes by submitting tax returns that grossly undervalued the properties, claiming they were worth just $41.4 million.

And in response to Trump's self-portrait that paints him as a self-made man, the Times offers this stunning revelation.

By age 3, Mr. Trump was earning $200,000 a year in today’s dollars from his father’s empire. He was a millionaire by age 8. By the time he was 17, his father had given him part ownership of a 52-unit apartment building. Soon after Mr. Trump graduated from college, he was receiving the equivalent of $1 million a year from his father. The money increased with the years, to more than $5 million annually in his 40s and 50s.

The entire report can be read at The New York Times.

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