Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders promised to release 10 years of tax returns next week for transparency as he runs for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination, and hopes “that Donald Trump will do exactly the same.”
“On the day in the very immediate future, certainly before April 15, we release ours, I hope that Donald Trump will do exactly the same,” the independent Vermont senator told The New York Times for a story published Tuesday.
“We are going to release 10 years of our tax returns, and we hope that on that day Donald Trump will do the same.”
Sanders also acknowledged in the interview that he is a millionaire, attributing it to sales from his most recent book published last year, “Where We Go From Here.”
“I wrote a best-selling book,” he told the Times. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”
During the 2016 election, President Trump cited an IRS audit as the reason for not releasing his returns. The agency has explained that audits do not prohibit individuals from releasing information about their own finances.
According to The Hill:
Sanders has consistently ranked among the least wealthy senators but has made more since his 2016 presidential campaign.
According to his 2017 Senate financial disclosure forms, he earned roughly $1.06 million that year, most of it from book royalties, according to the Times.