It’s been a while since the Republican candidate for president has paid up to the IRS.
How long, exactly? Donald Trump’s tax records from 1995 indicated he would be able to legally avoid paying taxes for 18 years, according to the New York Times. Trump’s $916 million loss during the height of the Clinton administration would have allowed him to take advantage of tax rules that cancel out equivalent taxable income in the years to follow.
Naturally, this bombshell of a revelation led to a hashtag. Twitter had fun at Trump’s expense with #LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes:
#LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes it was for an appearance in Home Alone 2.— justin laub (@Juice4040) October 2, 2016
The #LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes he was a democrat and his children were just finishing their 1st year as Slytherins.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 2, 2016
#LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes Dawson hadn't even met Joey on his Creek…— Jam✨❄️ (@Jambeanie) October 2, 2016
There are people voting in this election born the same year as the #LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) October 2, 2016
#LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes there were only 3 Star Wars movies.— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@KagroX) October 2, 2016
#LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes Backstreet hadn't come back, alright.— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) October 2, 2016
#LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes Charles was in Charge.— elissa taub (@ejtaub) October 2, 2016
Trump admitted to not paying taxes during the first presidential debate, claiming that it makes him smart. The Times has now backed up that fact, though his intelligence has yet to be seen—as has his net worth. That may explain his evasiveness regarding his taxes.
The real estate tycoon’s refusal to release his most recent tax returns is a departure from nearly 40-years of tradition for presidential candidates. #LastTimeTrumpReleasedReturn? How about never.