Sanders' place among the frontrunners in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary has invited new scrutiny, most of it directed at his finances - and his tax returns, which he said last week would be released by Tax Day, April 15.
Sanders earlier Sunday wrote a harshly-worded letter accusing CAP of "using its resources to smear" him and two of his Senate colleagues running in 2020 after ThinkProgress published a video suggesting Sanders stopped disparaging millionaires when he became one.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Sanders released his 2014 tax returns and said he would release more if he earned the nomination.
Ranging through topics from abortion to defense spending, poverty to wealth taxes, Sanders returned to his definition of what it means to be a socialist.
Sanders in a statement said the returns "show that our family has been very fortunate". Bernie Sanders (I-VT) agreed to a town hall with the conservative network. "I think we'll see every serious candidate on the Democratic side of the ledger release their tax returns".
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With Congressional Democrats embroiled in a standoff with the White House over the release of President Trump's tax returns, the party's White House hopefuls will likely face pressure from activists to set an example and release their tax information.
The New York real estate tycoon refused to do so during the 2016 campaign, saying that he was under audit, but the Internal Revenue Service has said this is no impediment to their release.
On Saturday, Democratic lawmakers gave tax authorities a final deadline of April 23 to hand over Trump's returns, but it remained unclear if his administration will comply.
Sanders reported an adjusted gross income of almost $561,293 and paid $145,840, a 26% effective rate, in 2018, the documents show. In 2014, prior to his first presidential run, he reported an income with his wife of about US$206,000, according to his tax returns. "Hey, President Trump. My wife and I just released 10 years". Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee have also released returns dating back to 2007. Sen.
A video produced last week by ThinkProgress entitled, "Bernie's Millionaire Problem", criticized Sanders by attempting to paint him as a hypocrite for asking wealthy Americans to pay their "fair share" in taxes. Kamala Harris of California reported an income of $1.9 million between her and her husband, who is an attorney - he is most well-known for having made his career by railing against the economic inequalities caused by America's richest, a system he criticizes for leaving the bottom 99% with less money than the top 1%.
There is no requirement that presidential candidates release their tax returns, but many have done so by tradition. His effective tax rates in 2016 and 2017, his other high-earning years, were 35 percent and 30 percent, respectively.