“See, President Trump? It’s not that hard,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted in reference to an image of his own 2016 tax return, an apparent jab at the President of the United States on Tax Day.
de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, reported an adjusted gross income of $220,651. They paid $69,523 in federal, state and city taxes, making their effective tax rate of 31.51% as reported by the mayor’s special counsel, Henry Berger.
Two pages from the Trumps’s 2005 tax returns, released by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, show in that year he paid $38 million in federal income taxes on income of $150 million, an effective tax rate of 25%.
In his Tax Day Twitter challenge, the Democratic mayor included the picture and the jab, along with a link to his blog post.
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 18, 2017
Today’s blog entry revolves around proposed tax cuts. de Blasio says that while American’s are “grateful to live in this country” and do our part by paying taxes, we must be reminded of the “cruel absurdity of what President Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress are doing”.
He says Trump and Congress want to “slash sensible government investments” in areas that Americans rely on, like education and health care. He also states they plan to give the country’s wealthy citizens a “massive tax cut” which he doesn’t think they need.
President Trump’s tax giveaway to the wealthiest among us makes zero sense, as does his decision to break decades of precedent and refuse to share his tax returns with the American people. We won’t bore you with the endless excuses our president has made. We’ll just say this: No one forces any of us to run for public office, but those in public office must be transparent about our finances.
Plenty of Democrats are using Tax Day in an attempt to shame President Trump into releasing his taxes. Rep. Betty McCollum tweeted about transparency regarding Trump’s taxes and business ties while Nancy Pelosi believes his returns will shine a light on the “Trump-Russia connection.”
On Monday, the White House said that Trump would not be releasing his 2016 tax returns, stating that they are withholding them due to an ongoing audit.
Rep. Maxine Waters tweeted,“Trump will not release his taxes [because] he has something to hide. He’s only out to enrich himself, his wealthy cabinet, and White House swamp.”
The White House says that voters don’t care about Trump’s returns. Thousands of people marched to demand he release his returns in many US cities this weekend.
H/T: The Hill
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