Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Presidential Tax Returns

Presidential Tax Returns. The Tax History Project has a selection of Presidential tax returns available as PDF files. These include returns from George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and FDR. There are also returns for Vice-President Cheney and Senator John Kerry.

As citizens, Presidents are not required to make their tax returns public. However, most recent Presidents have decided to do so. The site notes, "Like all other citizens, U.S. presidents enjoy this protection of their privacy. Since the early 1970s, however, most presidents have chosen to release their returns publicly. In the hope of making this information more widely available, the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts has compiled an archive of presidential tax returns."

If you are curious, take a look. If you are an American and are preparing your tax return, take heart in the fact that the Chief Executive is paying too. Maybe their returns can help you find a new deduction.


Jennie W said...

That just makes me giggle. I went over and checked out a few of them for laughs.

Elizabeth II now even pays taxes. She started doing it voluntarily in 1993.

Jennie W said...

I forgot to ask this yesterday. Why is the address for the Bushes listed as Chicago? Texas I could see. DC I could see....but Chicago? Just strange. Anyone know why?

M said...

"Why is the address for the Bushes listed as Chicago? Texas I could see. DC I could see....but Chicago?"

As President, he uses a private trust to make his business decisions for him. This way, there is no conflict of interest in the decisions he makes. And the trust has a Chicago address.

Or at least I think that is the answer...

Jennie W said...

Well, its more of an answer than I had! Thanks!