People May Want a Leader Who Didn’t Pay Taxes

Latest Donald Trump Tax Info Suggests Why He's Not Releasing His Returns

Earlier this month, the Trump campaign told the nonpartisan Tax Foundation that it would exclude pass-through income from the 15% rate.

Trump’s tax cuts would increase the deficit by $5.3 trillion over 10 years, the group found, while Clinton’s proposals would boost the deficit by $200 billion.

So both were perfectly clear about what they’d do, at least when it comes to taxes. Below are some clarifications of the political spin. He wants to extend his 15 percent tax rate to businesses, like partnerships and limited liability companies – if those companies change the way they operate and begin retaining their earnings.

At the heart of their core difference lies a controversial thesis that took flight in Reagan’s era – that cutting taxes for the wealthy leads to jobs and economic growth for all.

Mr Trump paid more than US$71,000 in federal income taxes on about US$218,000 of taxable income earned from 1975 to 1977, according to the New York Times.

“We’re a debtor nation”, he said, directly to Clinton herself. The plan also includes a series of tax breaks to incentivize corporate profit sharing and for caregiving and excess out-of-pocket healthcare costs, among other ideas. In late July, his campaign said it would definitely not release them before the election.

Corporations’ Offshore Cash Could Provide an Influx of Revenue, But … This top marginal rate, where highest earners exist (in the table above), would under Clinton become the 43.6% they’re required to pay right now, plus another 0.4%.

It’s not that he refused to pay taxes.

Trump added a wrinkle during the debate, saying he’d be willing to ignore his lawyers’ advice to keep the returns private if Clinton released 33,000 deleted emails from the private system she used as secretary of state.

Filing such forms is mandatory for presidential hopefuls, but they are less detailed than a full-blown tax return. The law says that taxpayers must pay their correct amount of tax liability, but not more than that. This is nonsense. Even the U.S. Constitution rejects this interpretation in the Fifth Amendment.

While some conservatives will praise Trump’s well-documented efforts to avoid paying income taxes, his comments might prove to be harmful given the basic premise of his campaign. As he noted in the debate with Clinton, were he to pay taxes, “it would be squandered, too, believe me”.

According to the report, Donald Trump’s alleged tax trouble can be traced to his handling of payments owed to Trump or his businesses but were instead paid to his charity, which is a tax-exempt organization.

Clinton’s plan would include tax incentives to bring manufacturing to the US and investment in new energy to increase the number of jobs in those sectors.

With no tax returns to read, we don’t know if any of this happened.

Still, Donald Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax returns is far more troubling, setting a risky precedent for future candidates, and underscores a major problem with accountability in our nation’s politics. I’m sure for some voters, the fact that he likely pays very little tax might be a sign of his ingenuity and business savvy.

News anchor Lester Holt reminded Tump that the Internal Revenue Service said it’s not illegal to release tax returns while being audited.

What’s he hiding? Is he afraid his taxes will reveal that he isn’t as charitable as he boasts?

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, learned this the hard way. But for now, he probably has miscalculated, ignoring the fundamental truth that although Americans may not love paying taxes, what they hate even more is rich people not paying their fair share. Hence he is not going to release the returns. Corporations need to pay more in taxes, not less. Unfortunately, a great many of us are operating under the delusion that he’s some kind of lovable rogue, that he’s a modern day reverse Robin Hood, robbing from the poor and keeping it all for himself. It is, in effect, “Trump wants to replay the same policies that nearly destroyed the United States economy, but more so”.