My aunt is a big Donald Trump fan. She admires him because he's rich. Most of the people who would vote for Trump don't care if he's a bigot. They don't care what his insane policy positions are. They only care that he's rich. But what if he's not the billionaire he claims he is? What if Trump's income — or at least, his adjusted gross income for federal tax purposes — might be less than $500,000 a year?
Item: The property-tax bill for Trump's penthouse at Trump Tower is getting a school tax rebate.
Why does that matter, you ask? The rebate is supposed to be available only to people who make less than $500,000 a year. Trump's latest tax bill came out, and, as again first reported by Crain's, it still shows him receiving the rebate, three months after the story first became public. The city's Department of Finance (DOF) "has a process in place for reviewing eligibility that it must follow," said Freddi Goldstein, a spokeswoman for the mayor, on Monday. "DOF has been reviewing Mr. Trump's exemption status for final determination."
As Crain's reported in March, the city and state tax departments claim that they interface with each other to ensure that property-tax bills — which are prepared by the city — are checked against income data (which the state gets on income-tax returns) to ensure that school tax rebates go to only those who qualify for them.
So what if the Donald isn't a billionaire? He could be a better president than rich bitch Hillary. He knows how the rest of us get by. He's poor too.