Throughout the campaign, Donald Trump was asked to show his enforced declaration. And he always refused. It alleged an ongoing audit. But he never showed anything. Until yesterday a television network announced that he was in possession of a tax declaration for the tycoon of 2005. And the White House had no other option than to stay ahead of the scoop and reveal that this year the present president paid 38 million dollars taxes.
According to the White House, Trump paid that sum over income over $150 million in his 2005 tax return, a 25% rate.
The government wanted to go forward this way to the chain MSNBC, which yesterday afternoon announced that they had obtained a part of the president’s tax return with the intention of releasing it.
The government accused the media of being “dishonest” and warned that it is “totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns”.
The statement released by MSNBC was obtained by David Johnston, a 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist.
Johnston said that the copy of the declaration was given to the mail anonymously and opened the possibility that it was Trump’s own circle filtering it for the benefits of their own interests.
Trump mocked on Twitter the way Johnston got the document and denounced “Fake News”.
Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, “went to his mailbox” and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!
The U.S. television network MSNBC ended publishing the president’s 2005 tax return, which continues to refuse to disclose the amount of his income.
According to the text, Trump and his wife Melania paid 5.3 million federal taxes and about 31 million alternative minimum tax, which is set to prevent taxpayers from taking advantage of tax loopholes for not pay taxes.
The total amount corresponds to an effective rate of 24%.
In comparison, Hillary and Bill Clinton, who are millionaires, paid 30.8% of federal tax in 2005. The Clintons have always published their tax returns since 1977.
The White House complained of the leak. “It is necessary to be really driven to despair by the hearings to want to infringe the law in order to sell a topic with two pages of tax returns of more than one decade ago,” a senior official said on condition of anonymity.
“It is completely illegal to steal and publish tax returns. Dishonest media can continue this part of his agenda, while the president will focus on his own, which includes a tax reform that will benefit all Americans”, the official said.