World News – AU – Donald Trump dismisses report he has not paid income tax in 10 of the past 15 years


US President Donald Trump has paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years, according to income tax data obtained by The New York Times

M Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax returns and is the only modern-day president not to make them public, also only paid US $ 750 ($ 1,064) in taxes in 2016 when he was elected, and during of his first year in the White House

Speaking at a White House press conference, Mr. Trump called the report « fake news » and said he paid taxes, but gave no details

The disclosure, which The New York Times said came from two decades of tax filing data, comes at a pivotal moment ahead of Wednesday’s first presidential debate and weeks before a controversial election against Democratic rival Joe Biden

But he offered no timetable for disclosure and made similar promises during the 2016 election campaign but never kept

In fact, even as early as 2014, Mr. Trump told reporters he would make his tax returns public if he ran for office

In fact, M Trump has taken legal action against those seeking access to his returns, including the U.S. House of Representatives, which is suing for access to Mr. Trump as part of congressional oversight

Trump Organization lawyer Alan Garten has said « most, if not all, of the facts appear to be incorrect »

He said in a statement that Mr. Trump « had paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government, including millions in personal taxes since his candidacy was announced in 2015 »

During her first general election debate against Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, Clinton said Trump may not be releasing his tax returns because he paid nothing in federal taxes

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World news – AU – Donald Trump dismisses report he did not pay income tax in 10 of 15 last years


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