Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday released 10 years of tax returns.
Sanders had faced a lot of pressure to make his returns public and for weeks did not offer a timeline on when they’d be released.
A number of other 2020 Democrats have also released their returns.
President Donald Trump has been criticized since 2016 for not release his returns, but has still not done so.
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday released 10 years of tax returns, making good on a pledge he made over a month ago.
“These tax returns show that our family has been fortunate,” Sanders said in a statement. “I am very grateful for that, as I grew up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck and I know the stress of economic insecurity. That is why I strive every day to ensure every American has the basic necessities of life, including a livable wage, decent housing, health care and retirement security.”
He added, “I consider paying more in taxes as my income rose to be both an obligation and an investment in our country. I will continue to fight to make our tax system more progressive so that our country has the resources to guarantee the American Dream to all people.”
The Vermont senator had faced mounting pressure to release his returns after being criticized for not being more transparent on his finances during the 2016 campaign season.
For weeks, Sanders repeatedly did not offer a specific timeline on when he would release his returns, but last week said they would finally be made public by Tax Day, or April 15.
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Meanwhile, after recently acknowledging that he’s a millionaire due to profits from book sales, some conservatives, among others, have accused Sanders of hypocrisy in relation to his anti-capitalism rhetoric. The senator has for years decried “millionaires and billionaires,” but now finds himself in their company.
The senator dismissed criticism at a recent campaign stop, telling a crowd in Gary, Indiana, he didn’t know “it was a crime to write a good book, which turned out to be a best-seller.”
Sanders said he would not apologize for writing a best-selling book, but maintained he still hopes to see a “progressive tax system which demands that the wealthiest people in this country finally start paying their fair share in taxes.”
Bernie Sanders speaks in Gary, IN: “I didn’t know that it was a crime to write a good book, which turned out to be a best seller.” pic.twitter.com/vbfWjE0jCr
— The Hill (@thehill) April 13, 2019
In 2017, Sanders made over $1 million, largely due to book sales, according to Senate financial disclosures.
The issue of tax returns has become a way for Democratic candidates to take jabs at President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly refused to release his.
Trump has broken roughly four decades of precedent by declining to make …read more
Source:: Business Insider