Sanders in his letter also singled out CAP's president, a close adviser to Clinton during the 2016 campaign, accusing her of hypocrisy and untoward "personal" criticism. According to the figures, Sanders and his wife Jane paid a 26 percent effective tax rate on $561,293 in income, and made more than $1 million in both 2016 and 2017.
"These tax returns show that our family has been fortunate".
The wait for Sanders' tax returns lasted well over a month following his promise in a CNN town hall in February that they would be coming "soon". "I know trillion is kind of hard to get your arms around, but when you bring it down per taxpayer, we are talking more than a $20,000 increase in taxes".
Pressed by anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum as to why he was holding onto his wealth rather than refusing deductions or writing a check to the Treasury Department, Sanders began laughing dismissively and, in an apparent non sequitur, asked why MacCallum didn't donate her salary.
Eighteen Democrats are now vying to win the party's nomination to challenge Trump in November 2020.
That supposed contradiction was the subject of heated exchanges during Monday night's Fox News town hall event with Sanders. Hey, President Trump, my wife and I just released 10 years. "Please do the same". Still, even considering the temporal quality of anything and everything at this point in the cycle, Bernie Sanders woke up Monday morning and had himself a day. According to the liberal-leaning Economic Policy Institute, families in the U.S. earning $421,926 or more a year are part of this group.
"Bernie Sanders has been filing detailed financial disclosures for nearly 30 years, and he is proud to voluntarily make these tax returns available many months before the election, " said campaign manager Faiz Shakir. Kamala Harris of California reported an income of $1.9 million between her and her husband, who is an attorney - he is most well-known for having made his career by railing against the economic inequalities caused by America's richest, a system he criticizes for leaving the bottom 99% with less money than the top 1%. By 2018, his wife, 69, was also taking Social Security, providing the couple with almost $52,000 for the year.
ThinkProgress, CAP's media arm, published a video on April 11 attacking Sanders over his millionaire status. In 2016, the couple reported a little more than $1 million, mostly from sales of the book, which was also translated into five other languages.
Sanders and his wife disclosed $36,300 in charitable contributions in 2017, but their return does not detail each individual contribution.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., have all released their returns. Sen.
It's been standard for major-party nominees to release their tax returns, but in 2016, Trump became the first general-election candidate in more than four decades to keep his private.
On the Senate side, Warren recently introduced a bill that would force candidates to release their tax returns by law.
We've provided two screenshots from the 2014 tax return below.