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Bushes Pay $187,768 in Taxes for 2005

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WriterSat Apr 15, 1:38 AM ET

President Bush and the first lady paid about $187,000 in federal taxes this year on income of about $735,000. Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife made more than 10 times as much, overpaid the tax man and are looking for a $1.9 million refund.

According to the president's tax return released Friday by the White House, the Bushes had adjusted gross income of $735,180 — about $50,000 less than the year before.

The couple paid $187,768 in federal taxes for last year — about $19,500 less than they paid the Internal Revenue Service for 2004.

Their income included Bush's presidential salary — about $400,000 — and investment income from trusts that hold their assets.

The Bushes contributed $75,560 — about 10 percent of their income — to churches and charitable organizations. Those included the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army's funds for hurricane relief in the United States and earthquake aid in Pakistan. They also gave to Martha's Table, which provides food and services to the underprivileged in the Washington area, the Archdiocese of New Orleans Catholic Charities and the Mississippi Food Network.

The Bushes paid $26,172 in state property taxes on their ranch near Crawford, Texas, up about $4,000 from the year before.

The Cheneys reported adjusted gross income of nearly $8.82 million, a number largely padded with income they received by exercising stock options that had been set aside in 2001 for charity.

The Cheneys donated about $6.87 million to charity from the stock options and royalties earned on Mrs. Cheney's books: "America: A Patriotic Primer," "A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women" and "When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots."

Recipients of their charitable donations included: George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates for the benefit of the Cardiothoracic Institute, the University of Wyoming Foundation and Capital Partners for Education, to benefit low-income high school students in the Washington area.

After subtracting the charitable contributions, the Cheneys' income was $1.95 million on which they owed $529,636 in taxes, according to a statement released by the vice president's office.

Since the Cheneys paid $2.46 million in withholding and estimated taxes over the year, they were entitled to a refund of about $1.93 million.

The Cheneys' income included the vice president's $205,031 government salary and $211,465 in deferred compensation from Halliburton Co., the Dallas-based energy services firm he headed until Aug. 16, 2000.

Cheney elected in December 1998 to recoup over five years a portion of the money he made in 1999 as chief executive officer of Halliburton. This amount was to be paid in annual installments — with interest — after Cheney's retirement from Halliburton. The 2005 payment is the last.

The White House has said that the amount of deferred compensation received by the vice president is fixed and is not affected by Halliburton's current economic performance or earnings.

The Cheneys' tax return also reports Mrs. Cheney's royalty income from her book, "A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in America," salary income from the American Enterprise Institute and a retirement benefit from Reader's Digest. Mrs. Cheney served on the Reader's Digest board of directors until retiring in 2003.
April 15, 2006
President Bush's Tax Returns Are Made Public

WASHINGTON, April 14 — The president and Laura Bush reported adjusted gross income of $735,180 for last year and paid federal income taxes of $187,768, slightly less than in 2004, according to a copy of the couple's 2005 return released Friday by the White House.

The tax return listed as income the president's salary of about $400,000 and proceeds from investment trusts that hold the couple's assets. They paid $207,307 in taxes in 2004 on income of $784,219.

Their 2005 return was made public along with that of Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, who reported that their taxes were $529,636. The Cheneys' adjusted gross income was $8.82 million, but most of it was not taxable: $6.87 million was proceeds from stock options that the couple had set aside for charity and that were distributed last year, plus charitable contributions that came from royalties on books written by Mrs. Cheney.

As a result, the Cheneys' taxable income was $1.96 million. In a statement, the White House said that over the course of the year, the couple paid $2.5 million in taxes through withholding and estimated tax payments, in part to deal with the exercise of the stock options. Given that their 2005 taxes are a little over half a million dollars, they are due a refund of about $1.9 million, the statement said.

The White House emphasized that the Cheneys had received no personal financial benefit from the charitable donations. "The transactions were tax-neutral to the Cheneys," it said, adding that the large tax refund would return them "to a neutral position of no personal financial benefit or financial detriment resulting" from the gifts.

The White House said the stock options had been granted to the Cheneys by the Halliburton Company, Mr. Cheney's former employer, and from the couple's work on the boards of other companies.

The money, it said, was designated for three charities: the University of Wyoming, the Cardiothoracic Institute of George Washington University, and Capital Partners for Education, a group that works with low-income high school students in Washington.

The Bushes said they contributed $75,560 to churches and other tax-exempt organizations in 2005, about $2,200 less than the year before, and that the recipients last year included the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army's disaster relief funds for the United States and Pakistan. The 2005 donations amounted to 10.3 percent of the couple's income.

April 14, 2006
Schwarzenegger Releases Tax Returns

Filed at 10:57 p.m. ET

SACARMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released three years of tax returns Friday, showing that the actor turned politician is now making more money in investments than he is through his movie company.

Schwarzenegger reported earning a $4.2 million salary in 2004, largely from film revenue. He accumulated most of his income through capital gains, according to copies of tax returns that his investment firm allowed reporters to read but not copy.

Schwarzenegger's tax returns showed he made almost $16.8 million through wages and investments in 2004. The bulk of that income, $9.6 million, came from capital gains payments made from a blind trust that Schwarzenegger set up after he took office in 2003. The trust also yielded much of Schwarzenegger's $1.1 million in dividends and $1.3 million in taxable interest.

''As the movie income comes down, it leads to a lower salary, and capital gains will keep going up,'' said Paul Wachter, chief executive officer of Main Street Advisors, the governor's investment firm.

He declined to go into specifics about the blind trust or say how much the governor is worth. He is estimated to be worth about $100 million.

Schwarzenegger has filed an extension for his 2005 taxes and likely will file his return in October, Wachter said. The regular tax deadline is Monday.

State Controller and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Westly has called upon his opponents to release 10 years of tax records. His primary opponent, State Treasurer Phil Angelides has released returns dating back to 1998, the year he took office. Schwarzenegger has released four years of returns.

The governor is not accepting his state salary of $175,000.

Until the creation of the trust, Schwarzenegger reported holdings that included dozens of blue chip stocks such as Starbucks, Wal-Mart, IBM and Microsoft. Records show he reported $31.1 million in income in 2000.

His tax returns offered a glimpse into how Schwarzenegger spends some of his money. In 2004, he gave 1,190 shares of Starbucks to his children's school, Brentwood School in Los Angeles. The shares were worth $55,985 at the time.

He also gave $404,087 in cash to a variety of charities, which his advisers declined to name. First Lady Maria Shriver did not release her tax information.
April 15, 2006
So Far, Spitzer Holds Lead (in Reported Income)

ALBANY, April 14 — Attorney General Eliot Spitzer led his rivals in the governor's race in early returns — in the "adjusted gross income" box on his tax returns, that is.

But it is still too soon to say whether the $1.36 million in income that Mr. Spitzer and his wife, Silda, reported will make him the candidate with the most lucrative 2005. William F. Weld, a Republican candidate, does not plan to release his returns until Monday. (Since April 15 is a Saturday, and Monday is Patriots' Day in Massachusetts, where many New Yorkers send their federal returns, New York's deadline is actually Tuesday.)

Mr. Spitzer, a Democrat, earned far more than the other candidates who released their tax returns on Friday, copies of their filings show. John Faso, a Republican candidate, and his wife, Mary, reported earning $394,216 last year. And the Nassau County executive, Thomas R. Suozzi, a Democrat, and his wife, Helene, reported earning $129,011.

There were no shocks or surprises in the tax returns, but they did provide glimpses into the lives of the men who would be governor. Who knew that Mr. Suozzi was a passive investor in the Broadway show "All Shook Up"? Or that the Fasos paid $19,136 in mortgage interest for their home in Kinderhook, in Columbia County? Or that Mr. Spitzer — the son of a major real estate developer, Bernard Spitzer — is a renter?

The bulk of the Spitzers' earnings — $949,581 — came from rental income on properties Mr. Spitzer owns with his father and siblings. The couple also earned $266,336 in interest, and $145,285 for his state salary. His wife, Silda Wall, is the founder and unpaid chairwoman of a nonprofit organization, Children for Children.

The Spitzers reported making $100,989 in charitable donations.

Mr. Faso was paid $364,151 as a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, where he worked as a lawyer and lobbyist last year. (He has since terminated his lobbying registration.) His wife, Mary, is a school nurse in Columbia County. The Fasos reported $7,018 in charitable donations.

And Mr. Suozzi — the only candidate actually to fax copies of his entire tax return to reporters, rather than let them view copies of the returns and take notes — made $97,397 as Nassau County executive. His wife, Helene, made $34,000 working part time for Timber Lake, a company that operates camps that is owned by Jay Jacobs, the chairman of the Nassau County Democratic Party and of Mr. Suozzi's campaign.

Mr. Suozzi's returns report a loss of $6,031 for his investment in a firm called Geoventures, which his campaign staff said was created by Mr. Suozzi's brother-in-law, and which invested in "All Shook Up," a jukebox musical. And they show that he sold a parcel of land in Glen Cove in June for $500,000 — the same price he paid for it less than a year earlier. (He had hoped to subdivide it, but ran into community opposition.)

The Suozzis reported $3,195 in charitable donations.

One of the biggest issues emerging in the governor's race is the crush of local property taxes. The returns show that Mr. Suozzi paid $11,868 in real estate taxes in Nassau County, and Mr. Faso paid $7,997 in Columbia County. Darren Dopp, a spokesman for Mr. Spitzer, said that Mr. Spitzer rents both his Manhattan apartment and his house in Columbia County.
un paio di considerazioni. Quando potremo sapere tutto
dei ns politici o cmq di chi maneggia i ns soldi?
inoltre. Si dice (giustamente) che negli USA ci siano grosse
diseguaglianze sociali. Date un'occhiata ai post di Fabio
e Vi accorgerete di quanto denaro passa dai ricconi
alle 'charities'. Dove non arriva lo Stato arriva spesso
il privato (secondo me spendendo meglio ...)
Sti....non pagano un $ di tasse gli enti caritatevoli