President Trump sues Palm Beach County over his Golf Course property taxes

Trump National Golf Club Jupiter Florida

For the fifth year in a row, President Trump has sued the Palm Beach County property appraiser over the tax bill for his Jupiter, Florida golf course, the Trump National Golf Club.

The 131-acre golf course that runs along Donald Ross Road was given a $19.7 million value estimate by Palm Beach County. The President has listed the value of the same course in his financial disclosures for years 2016 and 2017 at more than “$50 million.”

Clearly, the numbers do not coordinate. But while Trump lists the value at more than twice the amount Palm Beach County has taxed, the law suit claims the nearly $20 million estimate was around $5 million too much.

Trump’s law suit, filed last December, names Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks, Tax Collector Anne Gannon and Florida Department of Revenue head Leon Biegalskias as defendants.

The tax bill for $398,315 (a rate of 2%) from the tax collector received a response from Trump in the form of a wire transfer in the amount of $296,595.01. The President’s Tampa-based attorney referred to the payment as “a good faith estimate” of what they believe he should actually be required to pay the county.

Mr. Trump is expected to return to Palm Beach sometime on Friday and spend the Presidents’ Day weekend at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach resort.

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