Bernie Sanders Releases A Decade Of Tax Returns

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday

"I and other Democratic candidates are running campaigns based on principles and ideas and not engaging in mudslinging or personal attacks on each other", Sanders wrote in the April 13 letter first obtained by The New York Times.

'My view has always been that we need a progressive tax system which demands that the wealthiest people in this country finally start paying their fair share of taxes, ' he said.

The Massachusetts Democrat says a 1920-era law saying the IRS "shall furnish" any tax return requested by Congress "is unambiguous and raises no complicated legal issues" and that the Treasury's objections lack merit. He joked his supporters might be thrown off by "my trillions of dollars of investment in Saudi Arabia or Russian Federation". "So again, I don't apologize for writing a book that was number three on the New York Times best seller, translated into five or six languages and that's that". "Center for American Progress leader Neera Tanden repeatedly calls for unity while simultaneously maligning my staff and supporters and belittling progressive ideas.I worry that the corporate money CAP is receiving is inordinately and inappropriately influencing the role it is playing in the progressive movement", Sanders wrote. "He's made some money off a book. If I make a lot of money, you make a lot of money, that is what I believe", Sanders added, defiant and plainly frustrated by the line of questioning.

Over the weekend, Sen.

After earning an average of $280,975 per year from 2009 through 2015, the self-avowed Democratic-socialist disclosed earning an adjusted gross income of $1,062,626 in 2016, $1,131,925 in 2017, and $561,293 in 2018. The two paid $145,840 in taxes, or a 26 percent tax rate, and also gave 3.4 percent of their income to charity, donating $18,950. Harris has been filing jointly with her husband since they were married in 2014.

With Congressional Democrats embroiled in a standoff with the White House over the release of President Trump's tax returns, the party's White House hopefuls will likely face pressure from activists to set an example and release their tax information.

The returns provide a more detailed look at Sanders' finances than when he ran for president in 2016.

Several in the growing field of Democratic 2020 contenders, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, have released their 2018 returns in recent weeks.

But among presidential candidates, Jeb Bush still holds the modern-day record for the size of a total tax release.

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