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"While millions of people are paying more in taxes than they anticipated, Amazon, Netflix and dozens of major corporations as a result of Trumps tax bill pay nothing incorporate taxes, and I think that's a disgrace".

-Sanders and his wife, Jane, made $561,293. She says tax returns can help voters understand a candidate's values.

Sanders in 2018 made $110 in music royalties, presumably for his 1987 folk album, "We Shall Overcome", and an additional $1,810 from his 1997 memoir, "Outsider in the House", which was published by Verso. "If I make a lot of money, you make a lot of money, that is what I believe", said Sanders. He declined to do so, disclosing only his tax return for 2014.

Sanders revealed last week that the campaign tome he published after his failed attempt at winning the Democratic nomination in 2016 yielded more than a million-dollar profit.

The tax returns released on Monday showed Sanders paid a 26 percent effective tax rate on his adjusted gross income in 2018.

It's tradition for presidential candidates, and most candidates for federal office, to release their tax returns.

Former Sanders surrogate Jonathan Tasini in an email called the ThinkProgress clip "despicable" and said he initially "thought it was a Republican attack video masquerading as a Democratic production". "I don't think they care about it now".

Pressed by Fox anchors as to whyhe not volunteer to hand over a greater proportion of his income, up to the 52% tax rate he proposes, or give more to charity, Sanders said: "I pay the taxes I owe and, by the way, why don't you get Donald Trump up here and ask him how much he pays in taxes?" But after the House Ways and Means Committee requested them, Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, said earlier this month that Trump would "never" turn them over.

He said that his view has always been that the wealthiest Americans ought to pay more taxes.

As part of his policy agenda, Sanders has proposed a big expansion of the estate tax, lowering the threshold where it kicks in to $3.5 million from $11 million, and placing a 77 percent tax rate on the portion of estates worth more than $1 billion. "I don't apologize for writing a book that was number three on the New York Times bestseller, that was translated five or six times".

Sanders in his letter also singled out CAP's president, a close adviser to Clinton during the 2016 campaign, accusing her of hypocrisy and untoward "personal" criticism.

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday night.

Saturday's letter from Sanders follows ThinkProgress' publication of a video last week suggesting Sanders had altered his message, which has long singled out "millionaires and billionaires", after becoming a millionaire himself.

Senator Amy Klobuchar released 12 years of tax returns, showing that she and husband earned about $292,000 in 2017. "Hey President Trump, my wife and I just released 10 years. It was a bestseller, sold all over the world, and we made money".


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