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    $373,629

    Wages

    Includes pro-rated presidential salary and small amounts for film and television appearances.

    +

    6,758,494

    Taxable interest

    Almost $6 million of this is interest income from his investment with Vornado Realty Trust.

    +

    21,984

    Ordinary dividends

    Includes $13,123 from trusts established by his parents and $7,000 from Deutsche Bank.

    +

    7,562,038

    Capital gain and other gains

    Profits from the sale of property or other investments.

    +

    84,351

    Pensions and annuities

    Includes a Sceen Actors Guild Producers pension of $77,808.

    15,313,785

    Losses on his businesses

    Losses after deducting expenses from the $536.6 million in gross receipts at Mr. Trump’s core businesses.

    12,306,111

    Other income

    Losses from prior years, counted with other income, further dragged the total into the red.

    –$12,819,400

    Total

    income

    $373,629

    Wages

    Includes pro-rated presidential salary and small amounts for film and television appearances.

    +

    6,758,494

    Taxable interest

    Almost $6 million of this is interest income from his investment with Vornado Realty Trust.

    +

    21,984

    Ordinary dividends

    Includes $13,123 from trusts established by his parents and $7,000 from Deutsche Bank.

    +

    7,562,038

    Capital gain and

    other gains

    Profits from the sale of property or other investments.

    +

    84,351

    Pensions and annuities

    Includes a Sceen Actors Guild Producers pension of $77,808.

    15,313,785

    Business losses

    Losses after deducting expenses from the $536.6 million in gross receipts at Mr. Trump’s core businesses.

    Other income

    12,306,111

    Losses from prior years, counted with other income, further dragged the total into the red.

    –$12,819,400

    Total

    income


    By The New York Times

    Although Mr. Trump donates his salary to the government, it is subject to income tax along with his other earnings. But because Mr. Trump’s overall income was negative, he did not owe regular income tax on any of it.

    He was, however, still subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax, a parallel tax system that reduces the benefit of some deductions, preventing wealthy people from erasing their tax liability altogether. Most significantly, the A.M.T. formula disallowed $45 million in losses that Mr. Trump had carried over from prior years.

    But tax laws gave him one more line on which to reduce the A.M.T. Mr. Trump had $22.7 million in General Business Credit, much of it carried forward from prior years, that he could apply. The credit is a smorgasbord of tax incentives and givebacks to business owners, and in Mr. Trump’s case they ranged from credits of $322,926 for Social Security and Medicare taxes paid on employee tips to at least $1.5 million related to rehabilitating the Old Post Office in Washington.

    The business credit cannot be used to get a refund; it can only be applied against taxes owed. Mr. Trump had more than enough to cancel out his $7,435,857 tax bill. But on the Form 3800 for the General Business Credit, his accountants subtracted $750 from his allowable credit. Why they did that is not clear. But the result was a total federal income tax liability of $750.




    $7,435,857

    Alternative Minimum Tax

    7,435,107

    General Business Credit

    $750

    Total income

    tax due

    $7,435,857

    A.M.T.

    General Business

    Credit

    7,435,107

    $750

    Total income

    tax due


    By The New York Times

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