Bernie Sanders, now a millionaire, pledges to release tax returns by Monday

Leslie Hanson
April 11, 2019

Sanders said in a recent interview with The New York Times that lucrative book sales are what made him a millionaire - and that he will release his tax returns next Monday. "If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too".

Sanders has come under fire for not releasing his tax returns, a common practice for presidential candidates with the notable exception of President Donald Trump.

He said they will be released "certainly before" April 15 and added that President Donald Trump should do the same. "We wanted to release 10 years of tax returns".

The 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful told CBS's Ed O'Keefe that Medicare for All would put an end to insurance companies and drug companies making billions of dollars while essentially reducing private insurance companies to covering cosmetic surgery. Sanders released his 2014 tax return showing that he earned just over $200,000. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) and Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), and Sen.

He also said President Trump - who has refused to make his tax returns public - should do the same. Senators Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY have both released a decade of their own returns.

Sanders, a Vermont independent, has repeatedly promised to do the same but has been evasive about his timing, prompting some speculation that he does not want voters to know what is in them. His 2017 Senate financial disclosure forms show he earned roughly $1.06 million that year, more than $885,000 from book royalties. He published another book, Where We Go From Here, in 2018.

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