The Clinton Foundation spends 90% of its donations directly on charitable
projects. It is professionally run, with none of the Clintons directly
involved. Ranked among the top American charities by independent watchdogs.
Certainly, there is nothing about the foundation that justifies Donald Trump not
releasing his federal income tax returns.
I don't blame Trump for using existing tax laws that benefit him. We all
do that.I just think this shows that he is not that great of a
business man. Why would elect someone who was careless with nearly a billion
dollars of the bank's money?It just shows that he does not make
good business decisions, then relies on the rest of us to bail him out.
That's how the super-rich stay super-rich. On the backs of the
middle-class.Sorry, but he won't get my vote.
One should add "desperate" to the never-ending growing description of
Trump and the low information supporters. If you are unable to match your
opponent's factual information use the Faux News/wing nut talk radio card
and begin purposely misleading. I.E. "Trump has paid way too
much taxes to a very greedy IRS.""If people don't care
that hilary got hundred million in a pay for play "speaking scam", or
that she "lost" 30,000 emails, or that she has lied"."There is all kinds of skullduggery being done by the Clinton
foundation.""Then, you have actual tax cheats who do not pay
their taxes, including Congressmen from New York City, Philadelphia and
Illinois, one or more prominent civil rights agitators, and assorted Clinton
cronies...."."Hillary supporters are largely made up of the
bottom 50% while the majority of Trump's supporters belong to the
20%,therefore most of Hillary's supporters pay little or no federal taxes
while consuming the majority of the benfits..."!Imagine the
comments from the extremist, delusional far right if this was President Obama
"Lower taxes, raise taxes? WHO CARES?! I don't pay 'em anyway!
Bwah, ha, ha,ha!!!" - Donald Trump
@worf --"Trump has paid way too much taxes to a very greedy
IRS."Since when is $0 too much?
"Wow, Hilarary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of
amazing, hard working people." - Donald TrumpMillions of hard working
people who have been PAYING taxes while I lounge in my golden gilded home.
Let's be fair, and honest!Trump has paid way too much taxes to
a very greedy IRS.
@Just want to know...... --"You must have read a different
CharityWatch report than I did."Could be. I read the one on the
CharityWatch website."There is all kinds of skullduggery being
done by the Clinton foundation that they clearly listed."Nonsense.CharityWatch reports, and I quote:"Bill,
Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation""Other NamesClinton
FoundationClinton Global InitiativeClinton Health Access
InitiativeWilliam J. Clinton Foundation""RATING: A
""Program Percentage : 88 % ""Cost to Raise
$100 : $ 2 ""This charity is Top-Rated.""Hot Topics & Donor Alerts: CharityWatch gives Clinton Foundation an
'A' rating"Also, from the Washington Post in 2015:
"in a new rating published Monday, the American Institute of
Philanthropy's Charity Watch gave the foundation an "A" rating for
financial performance. The group assessed that the foundation spent 89 percent
of its 2013 expenses on charitable programs. The organization spent just 3
percent on costs associated with fundraising, Charity Watch found."You were saying?
Contrarius,You must have read a different CharityWatch report than I
did. There is all kinds of skullduggery being done by the Clinton foundation
that they clearly listed.
@one vote"many tax returns not filed."?Your
proof sir (or ma'am)?
@counter intelligence I was not aware the IRS had offices in Trump towers.
Trump broke with common sense when he celebrated and called for more hacking. I
am sure you are fimiliar with the term you brake it you buy it. Trump owns this
The new Conservative darling leads by example. Many bankruptcy to be filed and
many tax returns not filed.
So what? Both parties are responsible for passing all of the tax deductions to
influence votes. Trump should not be criticized for taking advantage of the
lawful tax breaks they passed. Oh, by the way the news agency who may have
unlawfully obtained Trump's tax records, and publicized them also paid no
taxes in 2014. Again, so what?
Trump is trying to win our favour by telling us it's not right someone like
him pays no federal tax and hoping we forget that, given the opportunity to pay
tax or not, he chose not to. He was not forced to not pay taxes. Now he
wants to convince us that he, knowing how much the system favours him, wants to
change it. He's lying.
Better headline: NYT illegally obtaining private citizens tax returns may
indicate that the IRS is still be being used as a political weapon to silence
Lyin' Hillary huh?Lyin' Hillary is a Saint compared to
lying, cheating, thieving, cyberstalking, tax evading Donald Trump, isn't
she?Trump himself is the favorite beneficiary of the Trump
charitable foundation.He would also be the main beneficiary if he is
elected President. From Trump's point of view, the American people are
just more chumps for him to rip off. Reaganomics has allowed the
richest of the rich to skate by free at the expense of everyone else. And how
did Trump qualify to NOT pay taxes for two decades? It was because of his
massive LOSSES . . . Almost a BILLION dollars alone in 1995. It was because
of his massive FAILURES.The entitlement mentality is embedded so
strongly within Trump that he thinks he is ENTITLED to be President of the
United States . . . And of course he is entitled to cyberstalk a former beauty
queen if he wants to. After all, he is a Republican billionaire.Trump is WRONG on so many levels.What does that say about his
wildly enthusiastic supporters?
This is why it is so important that candidates release their tax returns. When
somebody makes millions, lives a lavish lifestyle, and pays less in taxes than a
grocery store clerk, people have a right to question if he should have veto
power over legislation to reform such a system.
Re: DN Subscriber"Trump working within the law is not a scandal.
It proves he is a smart businessman"Losing close to a billion in
one year really show's me how smart a businessman he is! Dream
Non-story. If people don't care that hilary got hundred million
in a pay for play "speaking scam", or that she "lost" 30,000
emails, or that she has lied on numerous occasions, or that she let 4 American
die in benghazi, this is a non-story.
For anti trump anti work never paid taxes or created job liberals, losses offset
taxes everyday of the week for millions of Americans. This is not news. How
about Benghazi, whitewater, vilifying Billy's victims, laughing about
getting a child rapist off the hook, reset with Russia, Libya, Clinton
foundation, pay to play, destroying govt. docs, emails, lying under
oath....getting handcramps. The list goes on.
Oh, the political gymnastics employed by Trump voters to try to turn this into a
non issue and something to point to as proof that their man is the guy for the
job. You really want this to be okay, don't you? I suspect that if any of
them were presented a receipt that showed exactly what they themselves and the
rest of America had to dish out to cover his non payments, which were a direct
result of horrible losses (91 million?) they'd praise him and
say--"Well, that money might have gone towards paying for my kids
education--but good for him! Well played, Sir!"
@furryShows nothing of the sort. There can be many reasons for
catastrophic losses. Do you or any of us know all the reasons for those losses?
Probably not.Let's move on to Hillary's skulduggery and
Trump is paying more taxes for our "national needs", than all those
posting on this article combined.All those who are complaining about
him being a crook, should be ashamed of yourselves.
As much as I don't like Trump. Not paying taxes is not one of those
reasons. Taxation is Theft.
Remember when Trump should be President because of his success as a
businessman?Now the narrative is that Trump is a uniquely savvy
taxpayer, who alone can Make America Great Again.Sure, Trump -was-
savvy to offset his current years' taxable income by legally deducting net
operating losses (NOLs) carried forward from past years.But so were
millions of tax-payers who did the same thing, sitting at home, using DIY tax
prep software.The real story/question is whether Trump's
aggregate experience in the business world is a net "success" or
"failure".Incurring $950MM in losses across multiple
ventures within a couple year span is a spectacular failure in the business
world...the exact opposite of "success".Has Trump made money
since then? Sure. But if Trump's aggregate business income
over the intervening years has not exceeded that $950MM, Trump is a failure as a
businessman, still in the red, having lost more than he ever gained.His recent tax returns will show whether he fully exhausted the NOL
deductions. If not, he never broke-even over his entire business career.(e.g., a failure)
Well at least Trump partially told the truth about one thing. The system is
defiantly rigid what he fails to add that it is in his favor. The average
Working class Joe would never get away with filing bankruptcy six times and keep
our homes or cars etc let alone pay no taxes because we spent or money unwisely.
Boy, it sure is interesting to see some of the same commenters who disparaged
"the 47%" who pay no taxes now defending perhaps the poster boy for that
same percentage. Are they also going to turn on Romney and call him a "bad
businessman" for paying 15%? It's astonishing that someone can lose
nearly a billion dollars in one year of doing business and be praised as some
sort of genius.
I don't get it, Republicans claim trump is a smart person for paying the
least amount of taxes under the law but then they criticize poor and middle
class Americans for paying no income tax. Are poor and middle class Americans
not just doing the same thing as trump?
Of course Trump has something to hide. He knows that Hillary and her surrogates
would love to get their hands on his tax returns and make hay with every item in
it. Without it, we can only speculate what things he is trying to hide. Given
that he is audited all the time by an IRS that is hostile to him, I have
confidence that he is on the legal side of the law.I wish we could
be equally confident about all those emails Hillary had deleted. She, on the
other hand, got to do a 'self audit' by her co-conspirators and was
investigated by the FBI, who had zero interested in really finding out if laws
were broken.Other things we would love to be made public:1) An audio tape of Bill and Lorretta Lynch's conversation in that plane
on the tarmac.2) A transcript of Hillary and Obama's conversation
where it was decided to put out the phony internet video story about
Benghazi.3) A record of Hillary and Bill's private conversation when
the Lowinsky scandal broke....there are dozens more if space allowed.Both sides would love to have the other side's dirty laundry aired
for all to see.
These tax returns show that Trump lost close to a billion dollars doing business
IN ONE YEAR (emphasis added) -- that suggests that he is an incredibly terrible
businessman. This premise is supported by the report that no US bank will
provide financing to Trump or his businesses, and that Trump's financing
comes from foreign banks (reports say from Chinese and Russian banks). That bad
a businessman, and one who is beholden to banks in countries which do not have
US interests in their "hearts", is not someone who should have any part
in the governance of the United States, or any control over (or input into) its
financial interests. This makes it clear that it is imperative for a
fully disclosure of Trump's taxes, including a definitive statement of why
they're being audited AND also be provided with audited financial
statements for his personal and corporate accounts. We really need to know
where he gets his money and what he owes to who. We need to know to
whom he is beholden, and who could have control over him. In other words, who
could make him adversely affect US interests.
So many reasons to keep Trump out of Washington. You really think he cares
about you or me? Ha trump only cares about Trump. He wants love and
acceptance and he won't get that as president. He will be so preoccupied
with figuring out ways to get revenge for every little slight, his ability to
govern will be hampered. Heaven forbid that some foreign leader should offend.
Look out for the mushroom cloud! And as for his tax returns, I suspect there is
more there than just the fact he has paid no taxes for 18 years. Should be
interesting. Oh us, the comment that his supporters are from the top 20%-
hahaha. That's the irony. His supporters are, for the most part, the less
educated lower income folks. I guess they have the "pay no taxes" thing
Trump could put the issue to rest. Why doesn't he? A logical assumption is
that he has something to hide. Something that would make voters furious. Or as
his son put it: the returns would be a distraction for the Trump presidential
campaign. Distracting from what?
The real issue here is not if he legally followed tax laws -- he probably did --
but if he did pay no taxes for years, it exemplifies how "rigged" the
system is to benefit the rich and corporations. You and I pay our taxes, but
don't have the access to all the opportunities to report "losses"
and right off expenses to essentially pay no taxes. Now while we can
thank Congress for setting tax code, the reality is that it is the wealthy and
corporations who lobby Congress to pass specific types of loopholes and
opportunities to reduce tax liability. As middle class folks, we don't
have big lobbyists working on our behalf to minimize our tax liabilities.
Given everything going on with the Clinton foundation, this is a lot feigned
outrage from Hillary. Don't think the American people are smart enough to
see through this. In reality, Hillary is asking us to be outraged
because Trump followed the (tax) law.
The issue we should be worried about is not if Trump paid taxes. The issue that
his tax returns will show is how much money has he borrowed from Russia and
China. Trump's praise of Putin & Russia should be the biggest red flag
from a campaign that seems to have a lifetime supply of red flags.
@DN Subscriber --"The example of the Clinton Foundation spending
massive amounts for luxury lifestyle for Bill, Hillary and Chelsea"This claim simply isn't true.Yet again -- independent charity
monitoring groups like CharityWatch give the Clinton Foundation an A rating, and
report that 88% of its income is spent on programming. The industry standard is
75%.Please stop spreading false claims.
According to news reports he has done nothing wrong. He followed tax code at the
time. Why are we even talking about this?
My vote for Trump has absolutely nothing to do with what he says, do or his
taxes. It has everything to do with both parties has failed. Both republicans
and democrats for years - their main focus is their own power and everything
they do is to maintain power. That is why the IRS and FBI has become part of the
democratic party machine. The reason the establishments of both parties hate
Trump because they are scared their powers are in jeopardy. This is why
Trump's support never falter regardless of what he says because the regular
folks has fed up with Washington. Vote Trump for the change we need to right
this great country.
No, it doesn't mean that at all. He paid much, much more in taxes than
Hillary and Bill ever thought of paying.Question: Did Bill and
Hillary receive any tax benefit from the $1 Million "donation" they
made to their own foundation in 2015? Answer: Yes.Question: Why?
Answer: Because the tax laws allow it.Donald Trump is no different
than you, me, Mitt Romney et al who pay the least tax that the law requires.
Just common sense. How many of us "donate" to the government by paying
more tax than required? I thought so.Donald Trump accounts for
billions in tax payments to all government entities while the Clinton's pay
only a few million. Arguments about Trump's tax payments are beyond
silly.Wake up America. Trump/Pence 2016
@ DNSubscriber"Trump working within the law is not a scandal."
SCANDAL: "a person whose conduct brings disgrace or offense." So there
are lots of things you can do that are legal that aren't moral or ethical
and may be scandalous. Clinton and her tapes and Trump and his tax returns and
many other things reveal they both are hiding something. Their appeal is to
people at the shallow end of the gene pool. If I vote my conscience, I
won't vote for either of them.
DN Subscriber - Cottonwood Heights, UTWell said. This issue is a non
story. Using the tax code to minimize your taxes is every American's right.
While I find many problems with the tax code and wish for some changes, Trump as
far as I can tell, obeyed the law.Should he be president? That my
friends is a whole different discussion.
Is he in jail or should he be for tax evasion? If not, he is only following the
law. The law that many other of our politicians follow to keep their earnings
as well.I find it really hard to believe that so many people are
furious about Trump and his unwillingness to release his taxes but they
couldn't care less about Hillary and her lies and emails, the shady Clinton
foundation and big fat "speaking fees" to Wall Street investors. There
are a lot more skeletons in that closet.And by the way, I will not
be voting for either of these people.
what's this obsession with income tax returns anyway? Just repeal the 16th
amendment and abolish income taxes already.Look, both Hillary and
Trump are cheaters and crooks. How much time are you going to spend analysing
the various ways they cheat?
The issue is whether or not Trump followed the tax laws, not how much taxes he
paid. If Trump's accountants didn't follow the law, he would be
hearing from the IRS. He would be audited, BIG TIME. If he had losses that he
was able to write off over the years, that is because the tax laws that are
passed by congress allowed him to do it. YAWN!
@DN Subscriber - if all Americans admire Trump's ability to avoid
contributing to our national needs, and we push for Legislation dramatically
reducing our ability to pay for the military, veterans benefits, obligations to
seniors, etc.......does this make us a collectively smarter
nation?To show we really mean it to our (likely reluctant) Congress,
maybe we should organize a national tax strike? That would show 'em,
You don't get a hotel room without paying taxes.Trump
businesses have generated tens millions of dollars for the feds to squander.Why should Trump pay anymore in taxes to a bunch of greedy politicians?
Wake up America, and quit supporting theft.
About 75% of all federal taxes are paid by the top 20% of taxpayers and the
bottom 50% of taxpayers only contribute less than 4% of all federal taxes
collected. Hillary supporters are largely made up of the bottom 50% while the
majority of Trump's supporters belong to the 20%,therefore most of
Hillary's supporters pay little or no federal taxes while consuming the
majority of the benfits paid for by other people! Shouldn't they should be
grateful for the 20% instead of whining about not getting enough of other
people's money? This one reason I could never vote for free money Hillary!
If he obeyed the tax laws and it turns out that following the rules meant he did
not owe any taxes the n good for him. No person is obliged to conduct their
affairs so as to incur more tax liability than is allowed.Every
person paying taxes who demands "the rich should pay their fair share"
should first write a check to the Treasury to show their own commitment to
paying more than is required.The example of the Clinton Foundation
spending massive amounts for luxury lifestyle for Bill, Hillary and Chelsea and
employing huge staff of operatives while passing out a tiny percentage as
charitable spending is another example of how creative accounting can exploit
our tax laws.Then, you have actual tax cheats who do not pay their
taxes, including Congressmen from New York City, Philadelphia and Illinois, one
or more prominent civil rights agitators, and assorted Clinton cronies who were
pardoned.Trump working within the law is not a scandal. It proves
he is a smart businessman. If you don;t like it, change the tax laws.
Trump may win Utah, which in itself would be shameful. Hillary reduced him to a
puddle in that debate. It's hard to see a guy become President who wraps
himself around veterans declining to donate $1 on his tax return to a local
veteran's group. The media is doing their job in bringing this to our
attention. On every level, this is a very small, greedy man.
I would like to see his tax filings. If he be is going to be commander in cheif,
and is using the platform that his business experience will make him a great
president, he needs to prove it by releasing his taxes. I feel that he is
hiding something by not releasing his taxes. If he hasn't paid income
taxes, that also proves to me that he is not who he is portraying in his
campaign. He can put all questions to rest by just releasing his tax returns.