WASHINGTON (SBG) - Hillary Clinton invited taxpayers to test her campaign's Trump's "Smart" Tax Calculator tool online Sunday, the day after The New York Times published documents revealing her Republican rival Donald Trump could have legally avoided paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years.
"We’ve developed a formula to calculate how much you would pay in taxes if you paid the same as Donald Trump," the site jokes.
It's no surprise that no matter the amount you type into the calculator, you receive a message that says, "If you were Donald Trump, you would have paid $0.00* in federal income taxes."
Let's not forget the fine print:
"*Donald Trump says it’s because he’s smart. The New York Times says it’s because he lost almost a billion dollars. Either way, Donald Trump may have avoided paying federal income taxes for 18 years after losing $916 million in 1995. And Trump really did pay zero, or nearly zero, in federal income taxes in 1978, 1979, 1984, 1991, and 1993. Until we see evidence otherwise, we’ll assume it’s still zero."
Finally, the calculator instructs fact-checkers to "Please send inquiries to senior Trump strategist Corey Lewandowski at firstname.lastname@example.org"
The New York Times on Saturday evening published three pages of Trump's previously undisclosed 1995 federal income tax returns (see below), which show a deduction of $916 million. "The documents examined by The Times represent a small fraction of the voluminous tax returns Mr. Trump would have filed in 1995," the paper wrote.
Trump, the only major party presidential candidate in 40 years who has refused to release his tax returns, tweeted Sunday: "I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them."
Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, released 10 years of his tax returns last month.
During Monday night's first presidential debate of the season at Hofstra University, when Clinton suggested Trump may not have paid any taxes, he said "that makes me smart."
In May, Trump told ABC's "Good Morning America" he fights "very hard to pay as little tax as possible."
Trump has said, per the advice of his attorneys, he will release his returns once their audit is complete. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told C-SPAN earlier this year, "The taxpayer controls his returns. There's nothing in IRS audit process generally that would keep you from sharing that information any way you wanted to."