Warrens Paid $231,000 in Fed Taxes
By Matt Murphy
State House News Service
BOSTON -- U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren released her federal tax returns for 2018 on Wednesday, building on 10 years of tax documents she made public last year as Democrats, including those running for president, continue to pursue similar disclosures from President Donald Trump.
Warren and her husband Bruce Mann reported total income of $905,742 in 2018, down from the $972,654 she reported in 2017. After deductions, Warren and Mann had an adjusted gross income of $846,394.
The income includes Mann’s $402,897 salary from Harvard University, Warren’s $176,280 salary from the Senate and $323,902 in proceeds from Warren’s books.
The disclosure came just a week after U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, another Massachusetts Democrat, requested Trump’s returns from the IRS in his capacity as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
The latest federal tax returns show that Warren and Mann paid $230,965 in federal taxes for 2018, and like many Americans found themselves owing money this spring -- $24,477.
Warren and Mann, who own a home in Cambridge, also bumped up against the new federal cap on state and local tax deductions that limits taxpayers to a $10,000 deduction. The returns show that the couple paid $78,068 in state and local income and property taxes last year.
Warren also reported donating $50,128 to charity.
Warren has filed anti-corruption legislation in the U.S. Senate that would require the IRS to release tax returns for presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the previous eight years and for every year they are in office. Trump has so far refused as both a candidate and as president to release any of his returns, claiming an ongoing audit makes it inadvisable.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that Democrats will “never” see President Trump’s tax returns.
“Nor should they. Keeep in mind, that’s an issue that was already litigated during the election. Voters knew the president could have given his tax returns, they knew that he didn’t, and they elected him anyway, which is of course what drives the Democrats crazy,” Mulvaney said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”
“There’s a crisis of faith in government -- and that’s because the American people think the government works for the wealthy and well-connected, not for them. And they’re right. I’ve put out eleven years of my tax returns because no one should ever have to guess who their elected officials are working for. Doing this should be law,” Warren said in a statement Wednesday.
Not all Democrats have released their returns either. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders never released his taxes during the 2016 campaign, and the Democratic poll leader still hasn’t released any information this cycle, though he has said he may do so by Monday.
Warren will be back in New Hampshire this weekend to campaign, followed by a trip next week to South Carolina, Colorado and Utah.