Politics & Government

Fitzgerald challenges Buchanan to release 2011 federal income tax return

Keith Fitzgerald, Democratic candidate for the District 13 U.S. House of Representatives, today published his 2011 federal income tax return to his website and challenged incumbent Vern Buchanan to do the same.

Fitzgerald cited a New York Times report that Buchanan, R-Sarasota, is under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service for failing to report more than $14,000 in income over four years.

“As a first step to ensuring transparency, I am releasing my personal tax returns because I believe the public has the right to know where and how politicians earn their income,” Fitzgerald said in a teleconference at 1 p.m.

“For decades, special interests groups have lobbied Congress to create a complicated, loophole ridden tax code that protects the profits and bonuses of powerful corporations over middle class families and seniors,” Fitzgerald said.

Buchanan campaign spokeswoman Sally Tibbetts said, “With all the serious issues facing our nation, is this the best Fitzgerald has to offer? He needs to stop taking orders from Nancy Pelosi and start focusing on the issues our families care about – creating jobs, lowering gas prices and strengthening the economy.”

Fitzgerald reported adjusted gross income of $69,900, and had $13,863 taxes withheld. He received a $10,841 refund.

Buchanan is a multimillionaire and among the wealthiest members of congress.

Tibbetts did not say whether Buchanan might follow suit with posting of his tax returns.

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