What's in Trump's tax returns?

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What would Trump's tax returns reveal?

  1. Financial ties to Putin or Russian oligarchs

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  2. Evidence of tax or loan fraud

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    71.4%
  3. He's not as rich as he wants people to think

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  4. He doesn't actually pay taxes

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  5. Nothing at all -- the whole thing is just about defiance

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  1. tafkats

    tafkats That'll put marzipan in your pie plate, bingo! Moderator

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    The Supreme Court may or may not require Trump to release his tax returns to investigators, and even if they do, we may not know for a long time what's involved (since Trump v. Vance is related to a Grand Jury investigation and those proceedings are secret). But what do you think is in them?
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  2. T.R

    T.R Don't Care

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    I've always thought it was either evidence of tax fraud, or facts showing that he isn't as rich as he says he is.
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  3. RickDeckard

    RickDeckard Socialist

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    Tax refund due to business expense: $200: Gigilo.com services rendered (scat, necro, guro) x 51
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  4. GhostEcho

    GhostEcho Yojimbo

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    Just out of curiosity, what's the legal rationale behind asking / forcing an elected official to submit their tax returns?

    I haven't formed an opinion on it yet since I don't know what it's being asked for.
  5. Ancalagon

    Ancalagon outta my way Administrator Formerly Important

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    The basic idea is that the electorate should know who or what an elected is beholden to. If someone is heavily invested in Company X or deep in debt to Country Y then those connections could influence policy decisions.
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  6. T.R

    T.R Don't Care

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    Even elected officials at the local level have to submit a financial report showing assets and how much money they make and from whom. Sometimes candidates um...fudge.. those numbers and tax returns help clear that up.
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  7. The Ghost of Crazy Horse

    The Ghost of Crazy Horse Soul Rebel

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    Both.
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  8. Mrs. Albert

    Mrs. Albert demented estrogen monster

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    Not discounting fraud or anything else, but it seems most of his decisions are ego-driven, so I’m going with “not as rich as he wants people to think”.
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  9. spot261

    spot261 I don't want the game to end

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    But nonetheless pays so little tax it would be hard to make the story add up?
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    Fisherman's Worf I am the Seaman, I am the Walrus, Qu-Qu-Qapla'!

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    We Are Borg vs. USS Crazy Horse Probably a Dual

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    Bickendan Custom Title Administrator Faceless Mook Writer

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  14. NAHTMMM

    NAHTMMM Conversant in dark parables

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    I don't know if there would be actual evidence of actual fraud, but I'm sure he's afraid of people finding . . . irregularities.
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    Order2Chaos Ultimate... Immortal Administrator

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    At least 2 and 3, probably 1.
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    Kommander Prince of Poop

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    No Minsc&Boo option, poll inauthentic.
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  17. Chris

    Chris Anime Protagonist

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    It's pretty clear to me for a long time that he's involved in Russian money laundering schemes. A good deal of the real estate market in London and New York City are in some way, but Trump was especially desperate as he's continually broke. These things usually go through Cyprus or the UK, which is one of the reasons why the Russians have propped up the Conservatives and Brexit in general.
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    NAHTMMM Conversant in dark parables

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    Teh baba is too high-class to spend time in Trump's financial documents
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    I'm thinking all of the above. A little of each, but nothing individually large enough to be a bombshell. Hence, defiance for its own sake plays a role.
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