Trump May Face Fight Over Planned Move From NYC To Florida

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    FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following his teleconference with troops from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. President Donald Trump says he will be making Palm Beach, Florida, his permanent residence after he leaves the White House, rather than returning to Trump Tower in New York. Trump tweeted late Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 that he cherished New York. But he added that "despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump a Florida man? Not so fast.

    Despite a stinging “good riddance” tweet from New York’s governor, the president’s home state may not let him go to Florida without a fight.

    Trump’s plan to shift his permanent residence to Palm Beach will likely be heavily scrutinized by New York state officials, who are notorious for auditing wealthy residents seeking to flee to lower-tax states to make sure such moves are real and not just on paper. Those cases can go on for years.

    “New York says just because you fill out a piece of paper, that doesn’t make you a Floridian,” said Mark Klein, a tax lawyer who has handled hundreds of tax-residency audits. “People have this misunderstanding that if you go to Florida and fill out an affidavit, you register to vote and you get a driver’s license, that is all it takes.”

    Even though it appears Trump has a strong case — he’s only spent a few nights at his Trump Tower penthouse overlooking Fifth Avenue since he became president — tax experts say it’s not a matter of if he will be audited but when.

    “It’s 100 percent he’ll get audited,” predicted Barry Horowitz, a tax accountant who has handled many change-of-residency cases. “There’ll be a fight.”

    The general rule for avoiding New York taxes is to spend less than 184 days of the year in the state, but that’s just the beginning. Auditors and judges could look at where his business is headquartered (also in Trump Tower), the size of his various homes, where he displays his family photos and his most valuable artwork, even where he gets his teeth cleaned.

    In announcing his move in a tweet late Thursday, Trump said New York City “will always have a special place in my heart!” But despite paying “millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year,” he complained, he had been “treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state.”

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo quickly tweeted: “Good riddance. It’s not like @realDonaldTrump paid taxes here anyway…”

    And then New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio chimed in, tweeting, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out” and “Deepest condolences to the good people of Florida.”

    Trump responded later Friday with a four-part tweet that blasted both Cuomo (“the brother of Fredo”) and de Blasio, saying, “I love New York, but New York can never be great again under the current leadership.”

    In New York, Trump is paying a top marginal tax rate to the city and state that adds up to 12.7 percent. And because of Trump’s own tax overhaul two years ago, he can no longer deduct most of those state and local taxes on his federal return.

    In Florida, Trump would pay zero income taxes and zero estate taxes.

    Trump is following a well-trod path of many other septuagenarian New Yorkers who have been drawn to Florida’s year-round warmth, sunshine and low taxes. Last year alone, 63,000 New Yorkers became Florida residents.

    “I think the governor of New York should take a look at his economic policies and what is happening there,” said Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president. “The president is doing what many taxpayers have done and property owners have done, and that is to go to a state that is more hospitable to hard-working Americans.”

    For Trump, his planned move to Florida could mark the end of an era. The glittering Manhattan skyline has always been part of Trump’s brand, interwoven with his brash, boastful, in-your-face style. Trump Tower, his gleaming high-rise home for decades, became a character in his 2016 presidential campaign, the site of his famous escalator ride to launch his bid and dozens of headline-grabbing events and news conferences.

    But soon after Trump took office, few people around him thought it would remain his home, mostly because of the hostile reception he’s gotten there. Upset with its Democratic leaders and the protests, Trump has privately raged against the city, according to three Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

    New York City’s elite never full accepted the brash, tabloid-friendly, Queens-born businessman. And it got worse after he embraced right-wing politics, particularly on immigration. The deeply diverse and Democratic city turned on him, and he only received 10 percent of the vote in Manhattan.

    When the president-elect ran his presidential transition out of the Tower, aides actively explored scenarios in which Trump would return to New York most weekends. But as demonstrators clogged midtown streets, Trump, who is loath to face protesters, began to back away from the idea.

    Since taking office, New York’s attorney general has announced investigations into the Trump Organization, and the state Legislature has moved to obtain his tax returns, efforts that likely will not be affected by his planned move to Florida.

    “If people could escape New York charges simply by moving to Florida, there would be a lot of criminals walking around Miami Beach right now,” said Duncan Levin, a New York City lawyer specializing in money laundering and fraud cases.

    Trump returns to New York City on Saturday to cheer on a mixed martial arts fight. As if on cue, protests are already scheduled to pass in front of Trump Tower.

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    18 COMMENTS

    1. He will everyone leaving is did is harassed and it goes on for years.
      When governor said we have lost billions on people leaving because of overtaxation he was stating a fact.

        • Dummy it’s the democrats who want to ban religious freedom and support those who wish Israel destroyed it’s the left on campuses nationwide who attack Jews and others for supporting Israel.

          • both republicans and democrats are very capable of throwing Israel under the bus. just think of the Nazis and their sworn enemies, like the Poles, who aided and abetted in the Shoah

            • The democrates do . And there is factual evidence to support this . Who is chepering our Mosdos in NY? Who wants to force bakers to bake cakes for LGBT weddings ? Who is Gona force our Mosdos to have transgender bathrooms ? What about a teacher of our kids who decides to be LGBT , and schools can’t fire them ?
              Mezizta bpeh? Kaporas?

              I listed all facts now dispute it please or shut up

    2. Trump (May) “most certainly will” Face Fight Over Planned Move From NYC To Florida.
      In fact, President Trump will face a fight with all that he’s doing because this world is so corrupt and is such an עולם השקר that good is bad and bad is good. Sedom has been put to shame.

    3. One big nothing-burger.
      ALL wealthy people who shift their permanent residence to Florida, are heavily scrutinized by New York state officials.
      New York still doesn’t get it, that they’re “killing the goose that lays the golden eggs”, as they tax the rich to death. The smart money has caught on, and they’re fleeing NYS in droves.

    4. Coumo and deblassio have a big mouth and are big talkers . If you say good riddance that means you don’t sue them any more or ask for Tax money . Come on big talkers put your money where your mouth is

    5. Why fight him not to leave, if you are saying “Good Riddance”? You can’t have it both ways. I think at this point he has had enough of trying to make America Great and trying to please most of the people. He will finish the job he was elected to do and not worry what anyone thinks or says. He is not trying to please the Dems or the Repubs. He is doing what he set out to do . . . You fools don’t realize this man is a big baal chesed: the baby and family he flew from LA to NY to save the baby’s life, the shul’s he and his father gave money to, all the kindnesses he does for people that are never publicized. He is a true friend of Am Yisroel, the embassy and the capital of E”Y. He talks rough and he should filter what he says, but he is a friend of the yidden more so than the Dems or the Repubs. So Hakoras hatov- eh?

    6. By the way, all you New Yorkers and New Jerseyites move to Florida and save those Taxes. Plenty of places for Yeshivas. Beautiful houses and GREAT WEATHER! No snow plows here in Florida, gas is cheaper and good shopping! But you fools believe the world ends and begins in Boro Park and Lakewood. HA, Ha, Ha.

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