Top seven revelations from New York Times report on Trump income taxes

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The New York Occasions on Sunday revealed the first in a series of tales based mostly on President Donald Trump’s tax returns, citing tax paperwork and information spanning 20 years.

The president dismissed the studies as “pretend information” however demurred when requested if he would lastly make his returns public. Trump is the primary presidential candidate to not share his tax filings in 4 a long time. 

The underside line from the Occasions report: Trump has had small federal tax payments and main monetary losses throughout his enterprise profession, and a few of his tax maneuvers have come beneath authorized scrutiny.

Trump taxes: Trump refuses to discuss returns after report he paid only $750 in income taxes in 2016 and 2017

Amongst The New York Occasions’ findings:

Trump paid little or no to no federal revenue taxes

In some years Trump paid no taxes in any respect, because of enterprise losses and write-offs which have come into query.

The Occasions: “Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal revenue taxes the yr he received the presidency. In his first yr within the White Home, he paid one other $750. He had paid no revenue taxes in any respect in 10 of the earlier 15 years – largely as a result of he reported shedding far more cash than he made.”

Trump paid extra to different nations than US

The Occasions: “In 2017, the president’s $750 contribution to the operations of the U.S. authorities was dwarfed by the $15,598 he or his corporations paid in Panama, the $145,400 in India and the $156,824 within the Philippines.”

Trump faces a crunch

The IRS audit might power Trump to pay a large tax invoice, on high of thousands and thousands in personally assured mortgage money owed which might be coming due quickly.

The Occasions: “His funds are beneath stress, beset by losses and lots of of thousands and thousands of {dollars} in debt coming due that he has personally assured. Additionally hanging over him is a decade-long audit battle with the Inside Income Service over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund that he claimed, and acquired, after declaring large losses. An adversarial ruling might value him greater than $100 million.”

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Trump claimed a $72.9 million refund

A decade in the past, Trump claimed a $72.9 million refund and that refund is the prime topic of an IRS audit.

The Occasions: “Actually, confidential information present that beginning in 2010 he claimed, and acquired, an revenue tax refund totaling $72.9 million – all of the federal revenue tax he had paid for 2005 by way of 2008, plus curiosity. The legitimacy of that refund is on the heart of the audit battle that he has lengthy been waging, out of public view, with the I.R.S.”

Trump wrote off as much as $26 million in ‘consulting charges’

The Occasions: “Inspecting the Trump Group’s tax information, a curious sample emerges: Between 2010 and 2018, Mr. Trump wrote off some $26 million in unexplained ‘consulting charges’ as a enterprise expense throughout practically all of his tasks.”

Trump paid excessive taxes different years, on account of AMT 

The Occasions: The various minimal tax was “created as a tripwire to forestall rich folks from utilizing large deductions, together with enterprise losses, to completely wipe out their tax liabilities. 

“Mr. Trump paid various minimal tax in seven years between 2000 and 2017 – a complete of $24.three million, excluding refunds he acquired after submitting. For 2015, he paid $641,931, his first cost of any federal revenue tax since 2010.”

Trump writes off large ‘enterprise bills’ 

Trump’s deducted excessive working prices from his numerous corporations, such because the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Seashore, Florida.

The Occasions: “As a enterprise, (Mar-a-Lago) can also be the supply of thousands and thousands of {dollars} in bills deducted from taxable revenue, amongst them $109,433 for linens and silver and $197,829 for landscaping in 2017.”

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