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Biden, Harris Release 2019 Tax Returns Hours Before The First Debate

Sen. Kamala Harris stands with former Vice President Joe Biden after speaking last month during the Democratic National Convention.
Sen. Kamala Harris stands with former Vice President Joe Biden after speaking last month during the Democratic National Convention.

Two days after The New York Times published reporting on several years of President Trump's recent tax returns, Democratic nominee Joe Biden released his 2019 return and financial disclosures.

The2019 tax return from Biden and his wife, Jill, shows taxable income of $944,737 and a federal tax bill of $299,346.Their 2019 financial disclosure shows about $250,000 in income from book deals, speeches and the University of Pennsylvania, where Biden's a professor. The disclosure shows less than $100,000 in debt.

Biden released the return and disclosure just hours before the first presidential debate, where Trump is expected to face questions over his tax returns. In a call with reporters Tuesday, the Biden campaign said the former vice president has now released 22 years of tax returns.

Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, and her husband, Doug Emhoff, also released their 2019 tax return and financial disclosure Tuesday, marking 15 years of Harris' returns now available to the public. Harris and Emhoff reported $3,018,127 in taxable income and paid $1,185,628 in taxes.

Trump has notably refused to release his tax returns, breaking precedent that decades of major party presidential nominees have followed. The president has said he will release his tax returns when he's no longer under audit, though an audit does not prevent the president from releasing his records.

The New York Times reported that Trump's tax returns show millions in losses and that Trump only paid $750 in income tax in 2016 and 2017, and in 10 of the last 15 years paid no income tax at all. It also raised questions about questionable tax deductions made by Trump that could run afoul of tax law. The president called the reporting "fake news" during a Sunday news conference.

Biden will likely raise the revelations about the president's taxes during the debate Tuesday night.

"Donald Trump thinks that the vast majority of hardworking Americans who pay their taxes are suckers," Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield told reporters Tuesday. "President Trump only sees the world from Park Avenue. He looks out for the stock market but looks down on workers and middle-class families struggling to get by."

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Sam Gringlas is a journalist at NPR's All Things Considered. In 2020, he helped cover the presidential election with NPR's Washington Desk and has also reported for NPR's business desk covering the workforce. He's produced and reported with NPR from across the country, as well as China and Mexico, covering topics like politics, trade, the environment, immigration and breaking news. He started as an intern at All Things Considered after graduating with a public policy degree from the University of Michigan, where he was the managing news editor at The Michigan Daily. He's a native Michigander.