Trumps Tax Returns

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  • #20027
    Vitalogy
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    Trumps tax returns are going to become a bigger issue as time moves forward. As we all know, just because you are under an audit (and I’ve yet to see proof he’s actually under an audit, or for that matter has ever been audited) is no excuse to not release the returns. Or estimated returns. When someone doesn’t want to release their tax returns that’s indicative of someone who’s concerned about how the public will view that information.

    My bet is that the reason Trump is not willing to release his returns is for several reasons. Most importantly, it will show he has a substantial income and very low tax rate (similar to Romney). It will also show he gives nearly nothing to charity, as he’s previously claimed. They may also show he doesn’t make nearly as much money as he boasts about.

    Bottom line, the lack of disclosure shows there is something to hide.

    #20031
    radiodork
    Spectator

    When will crooked Hillary release her Goldman Sachs speeches? That’s what I want to know.

    #20035
    Vitalogy
    Participant

    Donald Trump’s Most Recent Public Tax Bill: Zero Dollars.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/05/20/donald_trump_paid_no_taxes_in_the_late_1970s.html

    While the political world waits, possibly forever, for Donald Trump to release his tax returns, the Washington Post brings us a look at the last known time the real estate tycoon’s returns were made public, in the late 1970s. Trump paid no—as in zero—federal taxes in 1978 and 1979. The then-not-yet-a-billionaire managed to pull off that feat by using a developer-friendly trick that allowed him to report negative income in those years.

    -Yet Joe Six Pack douches support this guy? Guess what, you pay a higher percentage of tax on your hourly wage than Trump pays on his supposed millions in income.

    #20063
    LurkingGrendel
    Participant

    In a few months this is likely going to prove a major political liability.

    #20065
    radiodork
    Spectator

    I don’t think so. Trump won’t release them and he will still end up winning the presidency.
    #Nobody cares

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn!

    #20067
    edselehr
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    Dork has about the lowest regard for the intelligence of the American electorate that I’ve ever seen. According to him, voters are uncurious sheep who don’t want information about their future president; they simply want a demagogue who tells them what they want to hear.

    Or maybe Dork is just projecting?

    #20068
    Vitalogy
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    I think it will be a big issue as well as we move forward. There’s a reason why Trump doesn’t want to release them. The tax returns are not favorable to Trump, otherwise he would have released them and then boasted about them.

    And, as Trump continues to be vetted, expect more bombshells.

    #20069
    edselehr
    Participant

    Trump has done a good job of documenting his life and aggrandizing himself for years, so the “bombshells” will start to feel like an artillery barrage. Question is, when will the Trump supporters come to realize who exactly it is they are backing?

    #20071
    Vitalogy
    Participant

    The fun part will be the fact that all the attack ads will be in his own voice.

    #20093
    LurkingGrendel
    Participant

    Dork in addition to blindly supporting a serial lying, bigoted, racist, blustering and bullying demagogue who displays a staggering level of ignorance on a broad variety of topics*, is (like many simple minded conservative folk) also staggering hypocrite.

    I.e. If Hillary Clinton was refusing to release her tax returns Dork (and the conservative entertainment media from which he’s dependent upon for inane talking points) would be ranting and raving. There’s simply no question about it. There would be both metaphorical and literal screaming.

    There are any number of very sound reasons the tax returns of any presidential candidate need to be made public. Up to and including, transparency of financial transactions and complete disclosures of any potential conflicts of interest, declarations of income, displaying the effective paid tax rate, and display of charitable donations.

    What’s Trump hiding? What’s he afraid of? It’s not a stretch to imagine he’s concerned about what those tax returns will tell us about candidate Trump. Such as, he’s been paying a lower effective tax rate than that of the very middle class families he purports to care about. Or that he’s actually worth no-where near as much money as he’s claimed. Or that despite claiming to be a philanthropic soul, he’s actually quite the inverse and has not given much if any financial support for any of the causes he claims to hold dear. Or that his finances are a tangled web of morally dubious machinations that lay bare his own deep hypocrisies when discussing financial regulation and tax law.

    Trump should not be treated differently than any other nominee of either party over the past four decades. His refusal to release his returns underscores the serious questions surrounding his business career, his morality and ethics, and his ability to tell the truth.

    Trump and his surrogates can (and will) continue to dodge, deflect, and deny. It’s all they have. This is a simple issue and any attempts to cloud it into something more complex simply illustrates the intellectual bankruptcy and dishonesty of Trump and his supporters.

    Hillary has released her returns. Trump needs to was well. Period. It’s only boring to the dumb or the disingenuous.

    *That’s not “name calling”. That’s accuracy in labeling. Every one of those statements can be factually supported by a ream of statements right out of the mouth of one Donald J Trump. It’s all easily cited and in the candidates own words.

    #20096
    Andy Brown
    Participant

    Trump once revealed his income tax returns. They showed he didn’t pay a cent.

    The disclosure, in a 1981 report by New Jersey gambling regulators, revealed that the wealthy Manhattan investor had for at least two years in the late 1970s taken advantage of a tax-code provision popular with developers that allowed him to report negative income.

    Today, as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Trump regularly denounces corporate executives for using loopholes and “false deductions” to “get away with murder” when it comes to avoiding taxes.

    “They make a fortune. They pay no tax,” Trump said last year on CBS. “It’s ridiculous, okay?”

    Source: Washington Post

    The breadth of Trump’s controversies is truly yuge, ranging from allegations of mafia ties to unscrupulous business dealings, and from racial discrimination to alleged marital rape. The stretch over more than four decades, from the mid-1970s to the present day. To catalogue the full sweep of allegations would require thousands of words and lump together the trivial with the truly scandalous. Including business deals that have simply failed, without any hint of impropriety, would require thousands more. Go to the link for a snapshot of some of the most interesting and largest of those scandals.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/donald-trump-scandals/474726/

    Oh, and let’s face it. The real problem is not that people like Trump exist, it’s that there are many people out there that want him to run the country. Mindless, bereft of intelligence at any level, unable to discern what is clearly false and what is not . . . we should call this group the radio dorks.

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