Friday, October 3, 2008
Governor Palin this afternoon released her 2006 and 2007 tax returns, along with her 2007-08 financial disclosure form (and accompanying footnotes). Here are her tax data, along with the comparable data from John McCain, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden:
Gov. Palin's charitable contributions do not approach the 10% tithe required by her evangelical church, but they are in line with the average charitable contribution of Americans with her income and they are over ten times greater (on a percentage basis) than Joe Biden's miserly charitable contributions.
It does not appear that Gov. Palin reported as income the per diem reimbursement she received for travel, meals, and lodging expenses as governor of Alaska. Her 2007 W-2 reports $107,987 of income as governor, and the Washington Post pegs her governor's salary as $125,000. I blogged the tax issue raised by the per diem at:
Update #1: Thanks to the readers who pointed out that Gov. Palin's salary was $125,000 in 2007. I have corrected the post to include this information.
Update #2: I'm surprised that Gov. Palin didn't tell Sen. Biden last night: "Joe, you made twice as much money as I did over the past two years, yet I gave six times more to charity than you did."
Update #3: Gov. Palin has released this opinion letter from Washington D.C. tax lawyer Roger M. Olsen stating that she was entitled to rely on the state of Alaska's determination that her per diem reimbursements do not constitute income to her.