Hillary Clinton is Pulling Away From Trump on a Crucial Polling Question

Carla Harmon
August 14, 2016

"Here's a pretty incredible fact: There is a non-zero chance that Donald Trump isn't paying (asterisk) any (asterisk) taxes", Clinton tweeted, just minutes after releasing her own returns.

According to public records, Mr Trump did not pay any income taxes in 1978, 1979, and 1984.

"In stark contrast, Donald Trump is hiding behind fake excuses and backtracking on his previous promises to release his tax returns", Palmieri added.

Presidential candidates typically release their tax returns to the media to show their effective tax rate, charitable donations and other financial details.

Clinton's running mate, Senator Tim Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, released the last ten years of their income taxes, which showed they paid effective federal, state and local tax rates that ranged from 18.7% to 29.1%.

The Clintons main sources of income were Mr Clinton s paid speeches, to the tune of $5.2 million, and a payment to Hillary Clinton from the publisher of her last book, Simon & Schuster, for three million dollars.

The IRS has said Mr Trump is free to release his returns. Taking into account their state and local taxes, the Clintons had a total effective tax rate of more than 43 percent in 2015.

Clinton's tax returns have been made public, in some form, every year since 1977. The Clintons donated $1,042,000, or 9.8%, of their adjusted gross income to charity. "What is he trying to hide?", said Jennifer Palmieri. Although the claim is unsubstantiated, Clinton is ramping up the pressure on her Republican rival to release, at the very least, prior years of his tax filings that aren't now being audited. Trump has gained two points in the Sunshine State over the last month, though Clinton is holding a two-point advantage over the businessman, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls. It's a great way to make money, but it also comes with questions about whether the Clintons are too tied to corporate cash.

It is customary for US presidential candidates to make their tax returns public, although they are not required by law to do so.

Though Clinton continues to reject calls that she release transcripts of paid speeches she gave to Wall Street over recent years, the Clintons-especially given their long history of living in the public eye-have disclosed decades of detailed information regarding their personal wealth and taxes.

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Clinton's campaign has released tax returns going back to 2007.

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