Florida governor candidate DeSantis releases tax returns

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Ron DeSantis, the Republican candidate for Florida governor who won the nomination with the strong backing of President Donald Trump, has released his most recent tax returns.

While Trump refused to release his returns ahead of his 2016 election, DeSantis posted them on his campaign website Sunday right before his nationally televised debate with Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum.

The former U.S. congressman released joint tax returns for both 2016 and 2017. They show that he and his wife Casey earned nearly $237,000 in 2016 and more than $238,000 in 2017.

Gillum released his 2015 and 2016 returns Friday. Gillum, however, did not release his 2017 return. His campaign said he had filed for an extension until October, but that deadline was extended until next year due to Hurricane Michael.

The joint returns for both candidates show that each family earns more than $200,000 a year, but DeSantis’s tax returns showed he had owed money to the federal government each year. DeSantis owed $5,148 for 2016 and nearly $8,000 for 2017.

Gillum’s returns show that he asked for $7,288 refund in 2015 and a $9,455 refund in 2016.

Neither candidate was required to release federal income tax returns, but Florida gubernatorial candidates have traditionally done so.

The two candidates did not disclose the W2 forms given by employers that summarize how much a person is paid.

The DeSantis campaign also did not include a list of itemized deductions. Gillum’s itemized deductions show that in both 2015 and 2016 that he donated more than $20,000 to charity.