Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential candidate of 2020, and her lawyer, the husband, report a total income of $ 2 million for 2018. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP)
Senator Kamala Harris joined the ranks of the presidential candidates in the Democratic presidential election of 2020 who shared their tax returns after 15 years of filing on Sunday.
The returns go back to her time as a lawyer in San Francisco and her total income of $ 144,000 was made up almost entirely of her salary.
The revenues of the California Democrat have increased significantly after her marriage with lawyer Douglas Emhoff. The couple started filing jointly in 2014 and had a total income of more than $ 2 million for 2018. She and Emhoff have paid more than $ 2.2 million in taxes over the last five years, with a rate of Average effective taxation of more than 32%. Most of the money comes from the practice of Emhoff. He has reported more than $ 1 million in income in each of their attached statements.
None of Harris 'main opponents has published so many returns in years, which, according to Harris' campaign, makes her "the most transparent candidate on the field in terms of her". information about his personal finances ".
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said that he will release 10 years of returns Monday.
Other Democratic nominees who have published their tax returns include Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Gillibrand and Inslee have released 12 years of returns from 2007 to 2018, Warren 11 years from 2008 to 2018 and Klobuchar 12 years from 2006 to 2017.
Former Texas representative, Beto O 'Rourke, and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julián Castro, said they would disclose their tax returns, reported The Texas Tribune. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker – who released 15 years of taxes during his 2013 Senate campaign – and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, also promised to release their statements.
The Democrats mocked President Donald Trump's refusal to release his tax returns. Since the 2016 campaign, Trump has stated that he will share them but that he can not because he is undergoing an audit, even though officials at the same time said he would not be able to do so. IRS said that such an audit would not prevent such disclosure.
The Harris campaign said Sunday that the publication of its tax returns "contrasted with President Trump" and that she "supported congressional legislation requiring the publication of the president's tax returns."
The House Committee on Ways and Means, Richard Neal, D-Mass., Asked the IRS to hand over six years of Trump's tax returns, citing a law stating that the department of Treasury "shall provide" to the committee "any return of information or return of information" upon request. Trump's lawyers argued that the release required a "legitimate legislative objective".
Last week Treasury Department Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Neal that the department could not review his application in time to meet its original deadline of April 10.
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On Saturday, Neal wrote a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, setting a new deadline at 5 pm. April 23. "If you do not comply, your failure will be interpreted as a refusal of my request," said Neal.
Neal said the law was "unambiguous and did not raise complicated legal issues" and that "it's not the proper function of the IRS, Treasury or Justice to question or to guess the motives of the Committee ".
"Concerns about what the Committee could do with tax returns and information on returns are unfounded."
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