Jeb Bush made public 33 years worth of his tax returns on Tuesday in hopes of sparking debate about tax cuts.
In addition to using his returns to show that he has paid an average 36 percent effective tax rate, the Republican presidential candidate revealed that he has made $26.7 million since he left the Florida governor’s office in 2007.
“I’ve been graced with good fortune, by having the most wonderful parents in the world, the best business partners a man could ask for, and opportunities that are out of reach for too many Americans,” he wrote on his website.
“But part of the reason they are out of reach is that we have a tax code that stifles growth and opportunity,” he continued. “In my case, I paid the government more than one in three dollars that I earned in my career.”
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Bush, 62, then called for a “fairer tax code.”
“The labyrinth of rules and special interest carve outs need to go,” he wrote. “One thing you can count on if I’m president is that it will finally be addressed.”
Bush had previously released 20 years of tax filings in 2002 when he was governor, so only the last 13 years of documents contain new information. He also said that the 33 years total of tax returns are “more than any presidential candidate in history” has provided.