Biden has taken a step that Trump has fought for years: released his tax returns for all to a see.
“In a Halloween-day pitch to voters in Flint, Mich., former Vice President Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump over the New York Times’ reporting on his long-concealed tax returns, which revealed that Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in both 2017 and 2016.
‘Why should you pay more in taxes than Donald Trump?’ Biden said at the event with former President Barack Obama. ‘He paid $750 in taxes the one year we know of. He’s yet to release. I’ve released 22 years of my tax returns. You can go online and look. He hasn’t released one.’
‘He talks about corruption,” Biden continued. “What is he hiding?’
The Biden campaign website lists Biden’s federal and state tax returns for 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. It also lists Biden’s financial disclosure documents for 2020 and 2019 and the 2019 tax returns for his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, and her husband.
The returns show Biden and his wife, Jill, paid nearly $288,000 in federal income taxes in 2019.
Biden’s tax returns for the previous eight years, covering the rest of his two terms as Obama’s vice president, can be found in archived press releases from the Obama White House. Those included tax returns released for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.
Asked for the remaining 10 years’ worth of filings, the Biden campaign pointed to an archived Q&A from Obama’s 2008 campaign website, which linked to many years of Biden’s tax returns from his decades-long stint as a U.S. senator representing Delaware. The page included tax returns from 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, and 1998.
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