Trump Golf Club Under Investigation for Allegedly Misleading Officials to Get Tax Cut

Former President Donald Trump's golf club in Westchester, New York, is under a criminal investigation for allegedly misleading officials to get a tax cut, according to a report from the New York Times.

Records from the Trump National Golf Club and the town of Ossining, which manages the club taxes, were subpoenaed by the Westchester County district attorney's office, the Times reported. The newspaper cited "people with knowledge of the matter" in its report, but did not disclose why they remained unnamed.

Democratic District Attorney Mimi E. Rocah is heading the investigation, which appears to be looking to determine whether Trump's company gave inaccurate valuations on the golf course in order to pay less in taxes, the Associated Press reported.

The Trump Organization, the former president's larger real estate company, dismissed the probe as a political move in a statement. It said that, in June, it reached a compromise with the town, that a county judge approved, after a protracted bid to have taxes lowered, according to AP.

"The suggestion that anything was inappropriate is completely false and incredibly irresponsible," the Trump Organization statement said. "The witch hunt continues."

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Trump National Golf Club in Westchester
Former President Donald Trump’s golf club in Westchester, New York, is under a criminal investigation for allegedly misleading officials to get a tax cut, according to a report from The New York Times. Above, the 10th annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational takes place at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester on September 19, 2016, in Briarcliff Manor, New York. Bobby Bank/WireImage

The district attorney's office has not accused anyone at the company of wrongdoing and it was not immediately clear if the probe will ultimately lead to any charges. A spokesperson for the office, Jess Vecchiarelli, wouldn't confirm the probe to AP, saying only, "We have no comment."

The probe adds to several legal challenges facing the former president and his company. In July, the Manhattan district attorney indicted the company and its longtime financial chief with allegedly failing to pay taxes on employee perks, like cars and apartments. Both the company and the finance chief, Allen Weisselberg, have pleaded not guilty.

The New York state attorney general's office, which joined in the Manhattan district attorney probe, has also launched its own investigation into Trump's finances. That civil investigation is looking in part into whether the Trump Organization may have misled tax officials in valuations of another of the company's Westchester County properties, its Seven Springs estate featuring a Georgian-style mansion set among 213 acres of bucolic countryside.

The Trump Organization has been fighting the town of Ossining for lower tax assessments for its Westchester golf course for years. The company once valued the golf club for tax purposes at about $1.4 million, later increasing its estimate to $6.5 million, while the town for years valued it at more than $15 million.

In June, a New York judge ruled on a compromise that would cut the assessment to $9.5 million for 2021. The compromise also cut assessments going back several years by about 30 percent, triggering refunds to the company of about $875,000 for overcharges on its back taxes.

Trump Golf Club Investigation
Former President Donald Trump's company is under criminal investigation by a district attorney in a New York City suburb into whether it misled officials to cut taxes for a golf course there, according to The New York Times. Above, Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on July 7, 2021. Seth Wenig/AP Photo