Why is It so Hard for Bernie to Release His Taxes?

  • 04/05/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Why is It so Hard for Bernie to Release His Taxes?
Nick Solari [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]
Bernie Sanders knew this question was coming since day one of his 2016 presidential campaign, but – since that March day four years ago and another campaign for president later – the press has seen precisely one year of his tax returns. (CNN)

In the 2016 campaign, Sanders released the two summary pages of his 2014 returns only. He said he would release a more robust tax history if he became the Democratic nominee, which, well, didn't happen. By contrast, Hillary Clinton released eight years of returns -- spanning 2007-2014 -- in August 2015. A year later, in the midst of the general election against Donald Trump, Clinton released her 2015 return.

With Sanders now installed as one of the frontrunners for the 2020 nomination -- and his past resistance to releasing a full picture of his tax history -- his ongoing vague statements about when he might release more of his returns are of note.

"Do you know what April 15th is? It's Tax Day," Sanders told CNN's Ted Barrett earlier this week when asked if there was an issue to releasing his taxes. "So, I think we want to make sure we have all of them together and as I said, they will be released soon."

When asked to elaborate, Sanders curtly replied "That's it. Thank you very much." 

In an interview with the Daily Show, Sanders said much the same thing. Even the liberal media is skeptical of Sanders' promises. Back in February, the Vermont Senator told CNN's Wolf Blitzer he'd release his taxes "sooner than later."

So far, Sanders' releases are less extensive than any of Trump's Democratic challengers. In 2016 PolitiFact's Louis Jacobson wrote, "He's only released information for one year, which pales compared to most other recent presidential candidates, and even that year's release only includes a summary page, not the full return."

It's now three years later – but nothing has changed.
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