Imaginings About Trump’s Tax Returns

Imaginings About Trump’s Tax Returns 

Everything about Trump comes as a surprise.  So lets free our imaginations to what are the possibilities about Trump’s tax returns.  This is another attempt at humor article, no suits, please.

Let’s start with what I think is most likely.  Since Trump so closely guards his business and wealth, he hasn’t filed any since he became President.  He just took delays in filing.  With over 500 subcontracts, this makes sense.  He won’t file any until he is out of the White House.

Trump doesn’t really care if a tax expert finds some minor tax law violation.  Trump violates everything starting with the Constitution itself, and with impunity.  So Trump must be hiding something really, really big.

Trump has already told us that he pays as little tax as possible.  We also know from Michael Cohen that Trump devalues his properties when he files his taxes.  We already know that Trump became a millionaire as a child and inherited millions from his father.  We know that Trump does not give to charities, and misused the donations to his charitable fund.  We already know that Trump bragged about his three or four bankruptcies and having stuck his investors with the losses.  Finally, we know that Trump changed the tax laws so that he pays a lot less, and so that his children will not pay estate taxes.  These rather cut down the possible surprises in his tax returns, and make them somewhat less valuable.

The other side of possible surprises are that Trump lost money, and is just a braggadocio.  Another possibility is that he owes his soul to Deutches Bank.  Or to a Saudi bank or sheik.  Or that he launders Russian funds.  Or that there were more payoffs for indiscretions.  Or, extra rented apartments.

The real shock would be that if Trump filed cautiously, and gave a lot to charity, but is too modest to show it off.  Sure.

Trump’s problem is that he surrounds himself with crooks and con men.  Lawyers who don’t know what note taking is.  So even if he wanted to file an accurate tax form, there is nobody around to know how to do that.

Well, it turns out that there is not much humor in taxes.  I should have known that from the start.  I hope the committee has time to look into why some corporations paid no taxes this year.

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.
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