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Oh god, the Ivana Trump gravesite story just took an even more sick and twisted turn

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Ivana Trump, ex-wife of ex-president Donald Trump and mother of Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric, was laid to rest late last month near the first hole of Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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Photos of her gravesite began circulating on Twitter over the weekend and, well, we think the images speak for themselves:

Yes, that is actually Ivana Trump’s current gravesite. And no, this is not a joke.

Now, you may be wondering why anyone would be buried on a golf course. Turns out, it might all be part of Trump’s tax evasion strategy, er, plan. Surprised? Neither are we.

Related: Now Trump might be losing the lease on his golf course in West Palm Beach

New Jersey tax code exempts cemetery land from all taxes, rates, and assessments. By burying his ex-wife on his golf course, Trump now has yet another way of avoiding taxes on the 520-acre property. Or at least on the approximately 10-acres around where Ivana is buried.

He already gets a deep discount by growing hay and raising a small herd of goats on the land, which allows him to claim the estate is used for “agriculture”, thus qualifying it as “farmland”, which reduces his tax bill from $80,000 to less than $1,000.

New Jersey’s tax code also exempts cemeteries from from business taxes, sales taxes, income taxes, and inheritance taxes. It doesn’t take much to see where this is going.

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Brooke Harrington, professor of sociology at Dartmouth college in New Hampshire, dug into the matter and discovered that, yep, the whole thing appears to be a “trifecta of tax avoidance.”

On Saturday, she tweeted: “As a tax researcher, I was skeptical of rumors Trump buried his ex-wife in that sad little plot of dirt on his Bedminster, NJ golf course just for tax breaks. So I checked the NJ tax code & folks…it’s a trifecta of tax avoidance. Property, income & sales tax, all eliminated.”

In 2015, Trump received the approval to build a family cemetery at his Bedminster golf course that would include a classical mausoleum. The twice-impeached ex-president has indicated that he wants to be buried there after he dies.

“It’s never something you like to think about, but it makes sense,” he told Page Six in 2007. “This is such beautiful land, and Bedminster is one of the richest places in the country.”

Here’s how folx on Twitter have been reacting to the whole thing…

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