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 Trump’s taxes

The White House on Tuesday reported that the president of the United States paid $38 million in taxes on an income of $150 million in his 2005 tax return.


This tax is of 25 %.

The government disclosed the information ahead of an upcoming report by television network MSNBC, which announced Tuesday it had obtained part of Donald Trump’s tax returns and intended to reveal it.

“You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago,” the White House said, referring to MSNBC, in a statement. 

During his election campaign, Trump said he was postponing the release of his tax returns as they were being audited, but afterwards refused to disclose them.

As a result, he broke the tradition of releasing tax returns that all White House candidates have done in the last four decades as a sign of transparency towards the electorate.

Weeks before the election, The New York Times newspaper published Trump’s 1995 tax return, which found that the now-president would have managed to avoid paying federal income taxes for two decades after declaring a $916 million loss.

The White House argued in a statement that before being elected president, Trump “was one of the most successful businessmen in the world” who tried to “pay no more tax than legally required.”

The government added that construction, Trump’s core business, suffered “large scale depreciation” in 2005 and thus justified the president’s tax payment.

Beyond the content of the leaked documents, the government accused the media of being “dishonest” and warned that it was “totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns.”

The tax return released by MSNBC was obtained by David Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist.

Johnston said the copy of Trump’s 2005 tax return anonymously appeared in his mailbox and raised the possibility that Trump’s own network may have leaked it for the benefit of its own interests. 

Washington, March 15, 2016, EFE/Practica Español

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El texto habla...
De la publicación de la declaración fiscal del presidente saliente de EE.UU.
De una reforma fiscal en EE.UU.
De la declaración fiscal del actual presidente de EE.UU.
Question 2
Trump hizo pública su declaración fiscal antes de ser presidente.
No se sabe.
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Ningún medio de comunicación ha divulgado ninguna declaración fiscal de Trump.
Muchos medios de comunicación han hecho pública la última declaración fiscal de Trump.
Un medio de comunicación publicó una antigua declaración fiscal de Trump.
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Rechaza que esos documentos filtrados sean ciertos.
Considera que no es legal tanto el robo de ese tipo de información como su publicación.
Afirma que Trump hizo pública su declaración fiscal antes de ser presidente.
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El propio Trump reconoció que no ha pagado algunos impuestos.
Unos medios de comunicación dicen que Trump pagó menos impuestos de los que debía pagar.
Ningún medio de comunicación considera que Trump pagó menos impuestos de los que debía pagar.
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