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Monday, April 19, 2004

More on Bush-Cheney-Kerry Tax Returns

Monday, April 19, 2004

Jim Maule (Villanova) has an interesting take on the recently released Bush-Cheney-Kerry tax returns (recently blogged on TaxProf Blog here, here, here. here, and here). Maule compares their relative tax burdens as a percentage of AGI with some prior Presidents and finds no discernible pattern:

Bush II (2002): 31.4%
Cheney (2002): 29.2%
Bush II (2003): 27.7%
Carter (1977): 25.5%
FDR (1935): 25.1%
Clinton (1995): 23.9%
Kerry (2003): 22.9%
Cheney(2003): 20.0%
Bush I (1991): 15.5%

For the record, TaxProf Blog's was 15.1% Not bad, huh? (Who said those that can, do; those who can't, teach?)

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When I posted the referenced data, I noted that it seemed that Franklin Roosevelt prepared his own income tax returns. I posted more on that topic today.

I'm going to try to put the link here.


If it doesn't work, go to and read the post for 21 April 2004.

Posted by: Jim Maule | Apr 21, 2004 9:37:32 AM