川普总统在赢得总统职位那年一共缴了750美元个人联邦所得税。在白宫的第一年也支付了750美元。

在过去15年中的10年里,他没有缴纳任何所得税—因为他报的损失比他的收入多得多。

纽约时报27日报导,从2016年参加总统大选迄今始终不愿公布报税纪录的川普总统,在2016年只缴了750元联邦个人所得税,胜选入主白宫之后,2017年的联邦税也只缴付750元。川普是历年来唯一拒绝公布税表的总统候选人及现任总统,报导中还指出,川普在过去15年期间,有10年是没有缴交任何联邦个人所得税的。

纽时爆料内容的根据,是过去20年来的川普报税纪录。这篇报导在川普与民主党候选人白登之间第一场总统辩论即将于29日登场的前夕曝光,备受瞩目。

自居爱国者…海外收入疑有利益冲突
纽约房地产大亨出身的川普,向来以精明且爱国的企业家形象自居,然而,纽时爆料内容显示,川普历经一连串生意挫败,海外收入则明显与总统身分产生利益冲突。

根据川普财务纪录,他在2018年里总共赚进4亿3490万元,但报税时申报了4740万元的生意亏损。

针对纽时的报导,川普27日稍后在白宫记者会上否认;他说,纽时报导为「完全假新闻」,「全部都是。他强调,一直都有缴税,但未说明进一步细节。

自称会公布…却拒众院取得报税纪录
他说,报税纪录「有朝一日将会公布」,不过没有透露具体时间表。

2016年大选期间,川普也曾信誓旦旦表示将会公布税表,只不过到目前为止都没有付诸实际行动,甚至还通过律师团频频抗告,阻挠外界取得他的税务数据,包括拒绝让众院取得报税纪录,闹上最高法院。

纽时指出,川普当选后的前两年里,海外生意获利共计7300万元,另外通过位于苏格兰、爱尔兰的高尔夫球度假村向菲律宾方面赚取300万元、向印度赚取230万元,向土耳其也赚了100万元。

纪录显示,川普在2017年间在印度缴了等同14万5400美元的税,在菲律宾也缴了15万6824美元的税,相形之下在美国缴的联邦个人所得税,却只有750元。

川普的「节税之道」五花八门,包括个人花费申报抵扣,从住宿费、飞机费用、拍摄实境节目「谁是接班人」(The Apprentice)期间7万元理发师费用都包括在内。纪录显示,川普个人拥有或管理的房地产事业遭逢生意失败,使得他其他合伙投资事业获利、「谁是接班人」节目可观获利,都被打平。

退税7千万…若裁定补税将失血1亿
上台后的前两年,川普利用企业减税为己谋福,达到大幅减税目的。纽时指出,川普提出延期报税的申请之后,获得了970万元的企业投资减税优惠,因此他在2016年、2017年都只缴了750元的联邦所得税。联邦所得税是美国政府用来资助美军及内政项目的重要岁收。

从2010年起,川普累计获得退税7290万元,纽时透露,这笔退税正是川普遭到国税局(IRS)查税的主因。如果被裁定必须补税,川普可能荷包将失血1亿元起跳。另外,川普在未来四年里,累计有3亿元的贷款即将到期,必须偿还。

民主党籍众院岁出入委员会主席尼尔(Richard Neal)一直是众院追讨川普税表的主力人物。尼尔27日表示,纽时报导更加凸显众院岁出入委员会必须取得川普报税数据的重要性。

尼尔在声明中指出:「看来川普似乎操弄税务法规,达到为己图利的目的,而且利用各种兴讼手段,一再拖延早就该缴的税款。」

尼尔指出,川普视国税局为仇家,但后来却摇身一变成为国税局的老板,「重要的是,国税局对于川普的查税行动,一定要能保持不受任何干预」

川普集团律师葛登(Alan Garten)与川普集团发言人均未对纽时报导发表评论。

 


Washington (CNN)Donald Trump paid no federal income taxes whatsoever in 10 out of 15 years beginning in 2000 because he reported losing significantly more than he made, according to an explosive report released Sunday by the New York Times.

In both the year he won the presidency and his first year in the White House, Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes, the Times reported.
Detailing payments gleaned from more than two decades of tax information, the Times report outlines extensive financial losses and years of tax avoidance that deal a blow to the business-tycoon brand Trump has built his political career on.
At a White House briefing Sunday, Trump denied the New York Times story and claimed that he pays “a lot” in federal income taxes.
“I pay a lot, and I pay a lot in state income taxes,” he said.
Trump added that he is willing to release his tax returns once he is no longer under audit by the Internal Revenue Service, which he said “treats me badly.” The President, however, is under no obligation to hold his tax returns while under audit, despite his repeated claims otherwise.
Trump also refused to answer how much he has paid in federal taxes in the briefing and walked out to shouted questions from CNN’s Jeremy Diamond on the topic.
The expansive Times report paints a picture of a businessman who was struggling to keep his businesses afloat and was reporting millions in losses even as he was campaigning for President and boasting about his financial success.
According to the newspaper, Trump used the $427.4 million he was paid for “The Apprentice” to fund his other businesses, mostly his golf courses, and was putting more cash into his businesses than he was taking out.
The tax information obtained by the Times also reveals Trump has been fighting the IRS for years over whether losses he claimed should have resulted in a nearly $73 million refund.
In response to a letter summarizing the newspaper’s findings, Trump Organization lawyer Alan Garten told the Times that “most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate” and requested the documents.
The New York Times said it will not make Trump’s tax-return data public so as not to jeopardize its sources “who have taken enormous personal risks to help inform the public.”
The tax-return data obtained by the newspaper does not include his personal returns for 2018 or 2019.

Years of tax avoidance

Trump’s taxes have been largely a mystery since he first ran for office.
During the 2016 campaign, the then-candidate broke with presidential election norms and refused to produce his tax returns for public review. They have remained private since he took office.
Being under audit by the IRS does not preclude someone from releasing their tax returns publicly. But that hasn’t stopped Trump from using it as a defense against releasing his financial information.
In 2016, Trump released a letter from his tax attorneys that confirmed he was under audit. But the letter also said the IRS finished reviewing Trump’s taxes from 2002 through 2008. Trump did not release his tax returns from those years, even though the audits were over.
A previous New York Times investigation published in 2018 reported that Trump had helped “his parents dodge taxes” in the 1990s, including “instances of outright fraud” that allowed him to amass a fortune from them.
Trump received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, starting at the age of 3.

New York Times report details

The Times reported Sunday that Trump’s tax information reveals specific examples of the potential conflicts of interests between the President’s business with his position.
The President has collected an additional $5 million a year at Mar-a-Lago since 2015 from new members. A roofing material manufacturer GAF spent at least $1.5 million in 2018 at Trump’s Doral golf course near Miami while its industry was lobbying the government to roll back federal regulations, according to the Times.
It also found that Billy Graham Evangelistic Association paid more than $397,000 to Trump’s Washington, DC, hotel in 2017.
The newspaper reported that in Trump’s first two years in office, he has collected $73 million in revenue overseas, with much of that coming from his golf courses but some coming from licensing deals in countries, including the Philippines, India and Turkey.
The Times said all of the information obtained was “provided by sources with legal access to it.”

Democrats reaffirm push for full tax returns

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, who requested Trump’s tax returns in April 2019, said Sunday evening that the Times report reaffirms his commitment to getting those returns.
“Today’s report underscores the importance of the Ways and Means Committee’s ongoing lawsuit to access Mr. Trump’s tax returns and ensure the presidential audit program is functioning effectively, without improper influence,” he said.
“I remain confident that the law is on the Committee’s side, and that our request meets the standard the Supreme Court set with its July 2020 rulings. Our case is very strong, and we will ultimately prevail.”
In the meantime, the report is sure to fuel fresh attacks on the President in the final weeks of the presidential campaign.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360” Sunday that Trump’s tax information is “the latest reminder how clear the choice is here in this race between Park Avenue, and Scranton.”
“You have in Donald Trump a President who spends his time thinking about how he can work his way out of paying taxes, of meeting the obligation that every other working person in this country meets every year,” she said.
“With Joe Biden, you have somebody who has a completely different perspective on what it means to be a working family in this country.”
That message was echoed by CNN political commentator and former Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich, who assessed, “there are people out there — and I know, I come from blue collar, hardworking — these folks are scrapping to make a living and they’re going to wake up and find out this incredible mogul paid $750.”
“I don’t care what his excuses are,” he said. “It doesn’t pass the smell test.”
This story has been updated with additional reporting.