While Donald Trump says he’s an expert on the federal tax code who has “brilliantly” used it to his advantage, his former accountant — suburban Lake Worth resident Jack Mitnick — says the billionaire never saw his tax returns except to put his signature on them.
Trump has broken decades of precedent by refusing to release his tax returns.
But The New York Times obtained copies of partial documents showing Trump declared a $916 million loss for 1995, which could have allowed him to go without paying taxes for the next 18 years.
Mitnick verified the authenticity of the 1995 documents to the Times.
Mitnick took credit for Trump’s gargantuan tax break in an interview with Inside Edition.
“I did all the tax preparation. He never saw the product until it was presented to him for signature,” Mitnick told Inside Edition. “I’m the one who did all the work.”
Mitnick, reached by The Palm Beach Post on Monday, declined to be interviewed unless he was paid for his time.
Mitnick, who turned 81 this week, is a registered Democrat. When Inside Edition asked whom he plans to vote for in the presidential race, he replied: “That’s confidential.”