Trump ‘may have avoided pay­ing tax for 18 years’

The Star (Kenya) - - News World - ROAD TO WHITE HOUSE

A US news­pa­per says it has ob­tained doc­u­ments show­ing ty­coon Donald Trump de­clared a loss of more than $900m on his 1995 fed­eral in­come tax re­turn.

The New York Times says the loss was so large it may have en­abled the Repub­li­can can­di­date to avoid pay­ing tax for up to 18 years legally.

His cam­paign has re­fused to pub­lish his tax re­turns and nei­ther con­firmed nor de­nied the scale of his losses. Demo­cratic can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton has made much of his tax record.

Dur­ing an ac­ri­mo­nious first pres­i­den­tial de­bate on Mon­day, she forced him on to the de­fen­sive for not re­leas­ing his tax re­turns, sug­gest­ing that he was hid­ing “some­thing ter­ri­ble”.

When Clin­ton ac­cused him of not pay­ing fed­eral in­come tax, Trump replied: “That makes me smart.”

Clin­ton has pub­licly re­leased nearly 40 years’ worth while Trump’s run­ning mate, Mike Pence, has re­leased 10 years of his tax re­turns. The New York Times says the three pages of doc­u­ments were sent last month to one of its re­porters who had writ­ten about Trump’s fi­nances. On Satur­day, the Trump cam­paign ac­cused the New York Times of be­ing “an ex­ten­sion of the Clin­ton cam­paign”.

Trump, the cam­paign added, was a “highly skilled busi­ness­man who has a fidu­ciary re­spon­si­bil­ity to his busi­ness, his fam­ily and his em­ploy­ees to pay no more tax than legally re­quired.

/REUTERS

An ac­tivist by the name of DJ Quacker holds a sign ask­ing pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Trump to re­lease his tax forms, out­side of Trump Tower in New York on Septem­ber 6

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