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Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns

16 April 2019

During a Fox News Channel town hall on Monday, Sanders said that he'd increased his income by publishing a book - he's written two with campaign themes - and that he wouldn't apologize for that.

That squares with a financial disclosure report that Sanders filed previous year as a senator, which showed that he earned US$880,000 in royalties from book deals. Sanders' campaign said in a news release that he paid 26% effective tax rate in 2018.

"I guess the president watches your network a little bit, right?" For months, the Vermont senator has said he would release several years of tax information, but had continued to delay the release, raising questions about whether there was something in his financial history that would upset his supporters. "Hey, President Trump. My wife and I just released 10 years". According to the liberal-leaning Economic Policy Institute, families in the USA earning $421,926 or more a year are part of this group. The people--in 2016--of this country did not care about it.

"These tax returns show that our family has been fortunate", Sanders said in a statement accompanying the tax returns. "And by the way, why don't you get Donald Trump up here and ask him how much he pays in taxes?"

Sanders also highlights his concern over the CAP's corporate donors and the possible leverage or influence that comes with that finance. By 2018, his wife, 69, was also taking Social Security, providing the couple with almost $52,000 for the year. He made just over $1 million in 2016 and $1.1 million in 2017, the years that his books hit the shelves. At a campaign stop in Gary, Indiana, a reporter asked Sanders whether his millionaire status was at odds with his populist economic message. In multiple forums, including a CNN town hall shortly after he entered the race in February, Sanders pledge to share them "soon". Kamala Harris of California reported an income of $1.9 million between her and her husband, who is an attorney - he is most well-known for having made his career by railing against the economic inequalities caused by America's richest, a system he criticizes for leaving the bottom 99% with less money than the top 1%.

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Sanders and his wife disclosed $36,300 in charitable contributions in 2017, but their return does not detail each individual contribution.

Sanders earns $174,000 annually as a US senator.

Jane Sanders was a co-founder of the nonprofit, along with her son, David Driscoll, who became the institute's executive director. "Okay, so I think it's rare, I think it's being made into a political issue, but at the end of the day, I believe that the decision over abortion belongs to a woman and her physician, not the federal government, not the state government, and not the local government".

It's tradition for presidential candidates, and most candidates for federal office, to release their tax returns. Gillibrand was the first candidate to release her 2018 tax returns, and her campaign released a video in which she called on other candidates to join her.

Bernie Sanders releases 10 years of tax returns