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Kamala Harris releases 15 years of tax returns

Melanie Mason and Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times on

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Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris released 15 years of tax returns on Sunday, offering a glimpse into how the California public servant ascended the financial ranks to become a multimillionaire.

The documents span the entirety of Harris' career in elected office, from her $142,000 salary as San Francisco district attorney in 2004 to her current post as U.S. senator.

Harris and her husband, Los Angeles-based attorney Douglas Emhoff, jointly reported more than $2 million in income last year, for which they paid nearly $700,000 in taxes.

The tax returns, released before the April 15 tax deadline, mark the most sweeping look yet at a presidential contender's personal finances, edging out Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand, who each have released more than a decade's worth of tax documents.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an early front-runner for the 2020 Democratic nomination, said he would release 10 years of returns by Monday.

Meanwhile, Democrats ratcheted up pressure on President Donald Trump to hand over copies of his tax returns. Trump famously bucked decades of tradition by declining to divulge his returns during his 2016 campaign or since he entered office.

 

On Saturday, Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig demanding six years of the president's personal and business returns within 10 days.

"This request is about policy, not politics," Neal wrote in the two-page letter. He cited a 1924 law that says the Treasury Department, which includes the IRS, "shall furnish" tax returns to Congress when requested.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said last weekend that lawmakers would "never" see Trump's returns.

Harris' full disclosure is a "stark contrast" to Trump, her campaign said. The California senator also supports a proposed federal law that would require a president's tax returns be made public.

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