City no longer giving Trump a middle-class tax break

Presidential candidate was part of STAR program for several years
June 22, 2016 10:10AM


Donald Trump

The Donald would like to make clear that he is not part of the middle class.

And now, apparently, the city has received the message: Trump will no longer receive a tax break that is only available to married couples who make an annual $500,000 or less, Crain’s reported.

The fact that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee received the $300 tax break under the New York State School Tax Relief Program, known as the STAR program, for several years raised some questions about the mogul’s status as a self-proclaimed billionaire. His campaign has asserted that he received the tax in error. The city initially agreed but later said that it was reviewing his exemption status. The city stopped providing the tax credit at the request of Trump’s attorney.

It’s not clear why he received the tax break.

“Because of tax secrecy laws, we cannot say whether or not he is or was eligible,” a spokeswoman for the Department of Finance told the website.

Media organizations on Monday reported that Trump’s son-in-law, developer Jared Kushner, was influential in the decision to have campaign manager Corey Lewandowski fired. [Crain’s] —Kathryn Brenzel