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NY Times: Trump paid $750 in US income taxes in 2016, 2017

By <https://www.seattletimes.com/author/the-associated-press/>The 
Associated Press

President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the 
year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House, 
according to a report Sunday in The New York Times.

Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only 
president in modern times not to make them public, paid no federal 
income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years. He campaigned for office as 
a billionaire real estate mogul and successful businessman.

Speaking at a news conference at the White House, Trump dismissed the 
report as "fake news" and said he has paid taxes, though he gave no specifics.

The disclosure, which the Times said comes from tax return data it 
obtained extending over two decades, comes at a pivotal moment ahead 
of the first presidential debate Tuesday and weeks before a divisive 
election against Democrat Joe Biden.

The president vowed that information about his taxes "will all be 
revealed." But he offered no timeline for the disclosure and made 
similar promises during the 2016 campaign on which he never followed through.

In fact, the president has fielded court challenges against those 
seeking access to his returns, including the U.S. House, which is 
suing for access to Trump's tax returns as part of congressional oversight.

A lawyer for the Trump Organization, Alan Garten, and a spokesperson 
for the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request 
for comment from The Associated Press on the report.

Garten told the Times that "most, if not all, of the facts appear to 
be inaccurate."

He said in a statement to the news organization that the president 
"has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the 
federal government, including paying millions in personal taxes since 
announcing his candidacy in 2015."

During his first general election debate against Democrat Hillary 
Clinton in 2016, Clinton said that perhaps Trump wasn't releasing his 
tax returns because he had paid nothing in federal taxes.

Trump interrupted her to say, "That makes me smart."
The Associated Press