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US President Donald Trump paid no income tax for 10 years, says New York Times report - ABC News

US President Donald Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years, tax return data obtained by the New York Times shows.

Mr Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only President in modern times not to make them public, also paid just $US750 ($1064) in taxes in 2016 when he was elected, and in his first year in the White House.

He campaigned for office as a billionaire real estate mogul and successful businessman.

Speaking at a news conference at the White House, Mr Trump dismissed the report as "fake news" and said he had paid taxes, but gave no specifics.

The disclosure, which the New York Times said came from two decades' worth of tax return data, comes at a pivotal moment ahead of the first presidential debate on Wednesday and weeks before a divisive election against Democratic rival Joe Biden.

The President vowed information about his taxes "will all be revealed".

But he offered no timeline for the disclosure and made similar promises during the 2016 election campaign without ever following through.

In fact, even as early as 2014 Mr Trump told reporters he would make his tax returns public if he ran for office.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton alluded to Mr Trump's tax evasion in 2016.(Reuters: Brian Snyder)

In fact, Mr Trump has fielded court challenges against those seeking access to his returns, including the US House of Representatives, which is suing for access to Mr Trump's tax returns as part of congressional oversight.

A lawyer for the Trump Organization, Alan Garten, said "most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate".

He said in a statement Mr Trump "has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the Federal Government, including paying millions in personal taxes since announcing his candidacy in 2015".

During his first general election debate against Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, Ms Clinton said perhaps Trump wasn't releasing his tax returns because he had paid nothing in federal taxes.

Mr Trump interrupted her and said: "That makes me smart."

The New York Times report at a glance


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2020-09-28 00:55:38Z

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