Trump paid $38 million in taxes in 2005: White House

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President Donald Trump paid $38 million in taxes on more than $150 million in income in 2005, the White House said on Tuesday, responding to an MSNBC report that the network had obtained two pages of the returns.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said she received the documents from journalist David Cay Johnston, who said on her show that he received them in the mail.

The returns, which MSNBC posted on its website, showed Trump paid an effective federal tax rate of 25 percent in 2005 after writing off $100 million in losses.

The White House said in a statement that Trump took into account “large scale depreciation for construction.”

Trump has repeatedly refused to release his tax returns, drawing criticism throughout his campaign last year and speculation from his political rivals he was hiding something.

A New York Times report in October said Trump, a New York real estate developer, declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns. The newspaper said the large tax deduction could have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years.

But the returns posted by MSNBC on Tuesday showed that he did pay taxes in 2005. The returns do not indicate whether he paid taxes in other years or how much he might have paid. The Washington Post reported last year that Trump paid no federal income taxes for at least two years in the late 1970s.

The White House said in a statement on Tuesday that Trump, as head of the Trump Organization, had a responsibility “to pay no more tax than legally required.”

Presidents and major candidates for the White House have routinely released their income tax returns.

Trump says he has not released his tax returns because they are under audit by the Internal Revenue Service. Experts say an IRS audit does not bar someone from releasing the documents.

During a September presidential debate, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton criticized Trump, a Republican, for paying no federal income taxes.

“That makes me smart,” he responded.

Trump has feuded with the media since his inauguration, often accusing it of promoting “fake news” intended to undermine his presidency.

“The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans,” the White House said on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Eric Beech and Emily Stephenson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker, Leslie Adler and Michael Perry)

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2005?, 12 years ago???? 1. I don’t believe it. 2. He’s just putting this out there so he might have some ppl might believe. 3. Trump has proven himself a pathological liar and a sociopath. 4. Vile greedy Ppl like Trump do not part so easily with monry. 5. He’s just saying he’ll donate his salary to charities to rack up points with the ppl cause he knows he is fucking up and screwing America over. 5. He could walk on water and he’ll never have the integrity and moral character like Obama. 6. Which ever charities he’s boasting are “charities” that are run by him or his hinchmen and he’ll use that money to further his greed. This jackass named Trump uses money in his charities to pay off his business failures, if he can’t file for bankruptcy. Trump, you wasted your life running after pussy and money. You are not worthy of the respect of any ppl, much less the American ppl. Save it for you prison buddies because you’re going to need it.


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