New York Times (NYT) revelations on tax returns that Donald Trump has always refused to disclose burst on Sunday, September 27, in the race for the White House. 

The American daily published an investigation after obtaining tax data "over more than twenty years" concerning the former real estate magnate "and the hundreds of companies that make up his" unlisted group. "

“Donald J. Trump paid $ 750 in federal income tax in the year he won the presidency,” in 2016, and as much “his first year in the White House,” in 2017, the newspaper writes.

"He has paid no income tax at all in 10 of the previous 15 years, largely because he has reported more losses of money than gains," writes the US daily.

According to the New York Times, within the nebula of companies run by the business mogul, many have reported major losses, including his golf clubs, tarnishing the image of the successful entrepreneur Donald Trump likes to give of himself.

Donald Trump accuses NYT of lying

"This is bogus information, totally invented," replied the Republican billionaire in a press conference at the White House.

"I paid a lot, and I paid a lot of income taxes at the state level as well," he added without elaborating.

The tax returns of the New York businessman who became president and candidate for re-election are at the heart of a legal battle, Donald Trump having always refused to publish them unlike all his predecessors since the 1970s.

Whoever has made his fortune a campaign argument has also fueled, by his refusal, speculations on the extent of this wealth, on possible tax optimization practices on the borderline of legality or on potential conflicts of interest.

The subject risks electrifying the campaign for the presidential election on November 3 a little more, two days before Tuesday night's first televised duel against his rival Joe Biden.

Especially since the NYT has promised new revelations on the income of the American head of state in the coming days.

With AFP and Reuters  

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