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Trump’s tax records show he lost over $1 billion in 10 years, New York Times reports

The first anniversary ceremony of First Lady Melania Trump’s Be Best campaign ceremony, Washington, USA - 07 May 2019
President Trump at the White House.
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The New York Times reported Tuesday that Donald Trump’s businesses lost more than $1 billion from 1985 to 1994, based on tax information the newspaper acquired.

The Times said it had acquired printouts from the future president’s official IRS tax transcripts, including figures from his federal tax forms.

The newspaper said Trump reported business losses of $46.1 million in 1985, and a total of $1.17 billion in losses for the 10-year period.

After comparing Trump’s information with that of other “high-income earners,” the Times concluded that Trump “appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer.”


Because of his business losses, the newspaper reported, Trump did not pay income taxes for eight of the 10 years.

The House Ways and Means Committee has asked the Internal Revenue Service to provide Trump’s personal and business tax returns for 2013 through 2018. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin refused to do so Monday, saying the panel’s request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.”

Mnuchin’s move, which had been expected, is likely to set a legal battle into motion. The chief options available to Democrats are to subpoena the IRS for the returns or to file a lawsuit.

Trump is the first president since Watergate to decline to make his tax returns public.


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