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Trump’s terrible tax affair

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters at a campaign rally Friday in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters at a campaign rally Friday in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Associated Press

Well here we go again, another wealthy Republican presidential candidate getting all weak-kneed about releasing his income tax returns. Mitt Romney struggled mightily with this problem when he was running for president in 2012 — finally releasing two of his tax returns, the last one just two months before the election.

As you may remember he paid 13.9 percent in federal taxes one year and a whopping 14.1 percent the other.

Now we have Donald Trump, a man who relentlessly brags about how wealthy he is, having trouble releasing any of his tax returns. Hillary Clinton has released full form returns covering

15 years (2001 to 2014). “The Donald” explains that he is in the process of being audited and in his words “almost every single year.” Highly unlikely. The IRS never audits anyone “every” year except, perhaps, mafia bosses. In fact, the IRS rarely goes back more than three tax years. So, most likely, Trump’s 2014 tax return is currently being audited. In that case, on Friday he can release his 2015 return and then, following Clinton’s example, release his returns for 2001 to 2013.

Come on Donald, let’s see how rich and philanthropic you really are.

Lee Van Leeuwen, San Luis Obispo

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