By JOHN KANELIS / firstname.lastname@example.org
Now we know — at least partially — why Donald J. Trump has been so intent on keeping his financial records away from public view.
It turns out the man who helps guide federal tax policy that determines how you and I pay in federal taxes didn’t pay any at all for several years in a row.
The New York Times reports that Trump reported income losses that overtook his earnings, allowing him to avoid paying federal taxes.
The Times reports that Trump $750 the year he was elected president but didn’t pay a dime for 10 of the previous 15 years.
How about that? There might be more to come as sleuths get a closer look at those returns.
This shouldn’t even be a story. Trump should have released those returns in keeping with presidential custom going back to 1976. Presidential nominees of both parties have agreed to release their returns just as a show of good faith with voters. Trump has been all over the pea patch on this one: he has promised to release them, then backed away, then promised again, then backed out again.
Now he is suing to keep them private.
How much more is this guy hiding from us? Inquiring minds want — and deserve — to know.