Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday issued his return to last year’s tax and revealed that he paid $300,000 in federal taxes, a figure that contrasts with the 750 paid by U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016 when he won the election.
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Biden publishes his tax returns on his website so they are accessible to everyone.
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Biden’s campaign released Biden’s tax documents hours before the first televised debate with Trump, embroiled in a new scandal after The New York Times revealed this Sunday that he has barely paid taxes in recent years and faces debts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
In a call with the press, the campaign’s communications director, Kate Bedingfield, unveiled the publication by Biden and his wife, Jill, of their tax return for 2019, so far they have disclosed the 22-year returns.
“This historic level of transparency seeks to attest to people about their leaders, who must care for them and not seek their own benefit,” Bedingfield said.
The documents show that Biden and his wife, Jill, reported having had an adjusted gross income of $985,233 and, as a result, paid $300,000 in federal taxes in 2019, a year in which the former vice president concentrated on his election campaign for the White House.
The aspiring Democrat to the Vice Presidency, Senator Kamala Harris, and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, also published their 2019 tax return today, so U.S. citizens can now access the returns of their last 15 years to find out how much they paid the tax office.
Trump, who for years has refused to make his tax returns public, has called “fake news” to information revealed by The New York Times, but without giving details.
Specifically, according to the revolving, Trump paid only $750 in federal income tax in 2016
When he won the election, and in his first year at the White House disbursed the same amount of $750, which is very small compared to the fortune he is believed to have amassed in his real estate business.
Tonight’s debate, the first of the three to be held by the two presidential candidates, will begin at 21:00 (01:00 GMT on Thursday) and will be held in the city of Cleveland, ohio’s key state.
This will be the first time Trump and Biden will face each other since the presidential campaign began, which, coupled with the scarcity of face-to-face election acts resulting from the pandemic, has triggered expectations for the debate.
In the last few hours before the debate, the Trump campaign has questioned the rules of the encounter. Specifically, in a statement, the Republican campaign criticized Biden allegedly asking for “multiple breaks” during the debate and claimed that the former vice president has refused to have his ears inspected to see if he has any electronic devices for which he would allegedly receive instructions.
In response and manifestly irritated, the Democratic candidate’s communications director denied biden wearing any electronic equipment and said she has not asked for any rest during the debate.
“This is pathetic,” said Bedingfield, who added, “We expect nothing less from the Trump campaign. He’s a president who hasn’t done anything to be re-elected. Instead of focusing on the things that matter. He’s trying to do these pathetic things to distract.”
The U.S. election will be held on November 3, and Biden currently has 50.3% approval nationwide, while Trump accumulates 43.2%, according to average fiveth-year-oldEight web surveys.