Bob Dole, Outdated Soldier and Stalwart of the Senate, Dies at 98. I simply learn this headline. And, the very first thing that got here to thoughts is that I’ve, so far as I do know, the one digital model of Bob Dole’s tax returns in existence within the digital model of The Tax Museum. After I was a PhD scholar on the College of Michigan, by some means I ran throughout information tales of Bob Dole releasing his tax returns as a part of his marketing campaign for president. However, Senator Dole ran for president earlier than the wide-spread adoption of the web, and, consequently, I couldn’t discover these paperwork on-line. I wrote a letter to the Robert and Elizabeth Dole Archives and Particular Collections, and requested if they may ship me the returns. They very kindly despatched me a big packet of photocopies of the returns. And, right here they’re.
Some fascinating information: They remind us that at some occasions, Bob was a Senator, and, his spouse, Elizabeth, was the Secretary of Labor. Mixed in 1988, these two jobs produced AGI of $219,794. Of their 1987 amended tax return, Bob is listed because the taxpayer, and, Elizabeth because the partner. However, Elizabeth indicators because the taxpayer, and, Bob because the partner. In 1985, the CPA signed the return on April 14th, not a second too quickly! And, they even had a refund coming to them of $5,959.
I used to be despatched tax returns from 1967 to 1994, which could be the longest public launch of tax returns by any sitting politician. That’s a variety of years, doubtless as a result of Senator Dole wished to launch returns from his extremely lengthy political profession.
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