Cook County Tax Officials Make Multimillion Dollar Error
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has garnered much negative press coverage over his alleged avoidance of paying his fair share of Cook County property taxes. The Chicago Sun-Times has reported that Trump hired a Chicago firm to represent him in his successful efforts to slash the property taxes on Trump International Hotel & Tower by $11.7 million (or 39%) over seven years.
Although he openly admits that he tries to minimize his tax burden, it turns out that Trump has been a victim of ineptitude on the county’s part. As the Chicago Sun-Times reports, “Cook County tax officials mistakenly believed billionaire Donald Trump didn’t pay all the property taxes owed on his namesake Chicago skyscraper, shorting schools and other government agencies. They were wrong.”