'Good riddance': New York's governor responded to news that Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, declared himself a resident of Florida

  • President Donald Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, has declared himself a resident of Palm Beach County, Florida. 
  • According to documents obtained by The New York Times, Trump and wife Melania filled out a "declaration of domicile" in recent weeks, declaring the president's Mar-a-Lago golf club their permanent home. 
  • A person close to the president told The Times that the reason the president changed his address was "primarily for tax purposes." 
  • Trump confirmed the news on Thursday, and said in a tweet that despite the fact that he pays "millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year," in New York, he has been "treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state." 
  • Under New York State law, if a person spends more than 184 days in the state, the person needs to pay state income taxes. Florida, on the other hand, does not have a state income tax, making it an attractive residential prospect for the wealthy.
  • New Yorkers paid the highest state and local income taxes of any state as of May 2019.

President Donald Trump, who grew up in Queens, New York, made millions from large-scale building projects in Manhattan, and shot the "The Apprentice" at his namesake Fifth Avenue skyscraper Trump Tower, has now declared himself a resident of Palm Beach County, Florida. 

According to documents obtained by The New York Times, Trump and wife Melania filled out a "declaration of domicile" in recent weeks, declaring that the president's property in Florida will be their permanent residence.

According to the New York Department of Taxation and Finance, a person's domicile is the place that they intend to have as their permanent home. A person can only have one domicile and needs to demonstrate that they have abandoned their previous domicile in order to establish one outside of New York State. 

Trump filed the documents with the Palm Beach County Circuit Court on September 27, while Melania filled hers out on October 3. According to the documents, the Trumps declared that they "reside in and a maintain a place of abode" at 1100 South Ocean Boulevard, the address of Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida. 

In their filings, the Trumps said that they "recognize and intend to maintain" Mar-a-Lago as their permanent home. 

"I am, at the time of making this declaration, a bona fide resident of the State of Florida," both filings state. 

Both documents list 721 Fifth Avenue, also known as Trump Tower, as their former residence. They also listed 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, the address of the White House, and an address in Bedminster, New Jersey, which is the site of his private golf club. 

A person close to the president told The Times that the reason the president changed his address was "primarily for tax purposes." 

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to trick-or-treaters during a Halloween at the White House event at the South Portico of the White House October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to children as they trick-or-treat during a Halloween at the White House event at the South Portico of the White House October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to children as they trick-or-treat during a Halloween at the White House event at the South Portico of the White House October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: Decorations are seen during a Halloween at the White House event October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to children as they trick-or-treat during a Halloween at the White House event at the South Portico of the White House October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to children as they trick-or-treat during a Halloween at the White House event at the South Portico of the White House October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President and First Lady Melania Trump attend a Halloween celebration at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to children as they trick-or-treat during a Halloween at the White House event at the South Portico of the White House October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to children as they trick-or-treat during a Halloween at the White House event at the South Portico of the White House October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to children as they trick-or-treat during a Halloween at the White House event at the South Portico of the White House October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hand out candy to children as they trick-or-treat during a Halloween at the White House event at the South Portico of the White House October 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President and First Lady Melania Trump hand out candy for children at a Halloween celebration at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
US President and First Lady Melania Trump hand out candy for children at a Halloween celebration at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
US President and First Lady Melania Trump hand out candy for children at a Halloween celebration at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2019. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
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Under New York State law, if a person spends more than 184 days in the state, the person needs to pay state income taxes. Florida, on the other hand, does not have a state income tax, making it an attractive residential prospect for the wealthy. New Yorkers paid the highest state and local income taxes of any state as of May 2019.

As of October 23, Trump has spent 237 days at his golf properties since taking office, according to NBC News. The NBC News tracker also found that 99 days were spent at Mar-a-Lago and only 20 at Trump Tower.

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo responded to news of the decision by tweeting, "good riddance."

"It's not like @realDonaldTrump paid taxes here anyway...," Cuomo said in the tweet. "He's all yours, Florida."

The White House did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. 

Trump confirmed the news in a tweet on Thursday, and said that despite the fact that he pays "millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year," in New York, he has been "treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state." 

"I hated having to make this decision, but in the end it will be best for all concerned," he wrote. 

Trump may have been referring to dozens of lawsuits filed against his administration by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Last month, Manhattan prosecutors also subpoenaed eight years of Trump's tax returns, a request that Trump's lawyers are aggressively fighting

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