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Presidential Tax Returns

Individual income tax returns — including those of public figures — are private information, protected by law from unauthorized disclosure. Indeed, the Internal Revenue Service is barred from releasing any taxpayer information whatsoever, except to authorized agencies and individuals.

Like all other citizens, U.S. presidents enjoy this protection of their privacy. Since the early 1970s, however, most presidents have chosen to release their returns publicly. In the hope of making this information more widely available, the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts has compiled an archive of presidential tax returns.


In addition, we have made available returns from recent candidates for president, including those running in party primaries. The Tax History Project is currently compiling a more complete archive of candidate returns, and we welcome suggestions on who to include and where to find additional returns.

To lend a hand with the Tax History Project, contact project director Joseph J. Thorndike.

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President Barack H. Obama

President Barack H. Obama
2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013
The President and the First Lady have released their 2013 federal income tax returns, as well as state income tax return for Illinois.


Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013
The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden have also released their 2013 federal income tax returns, as well as state income tax returns for both Delaware and Virginia.




Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney
2010 | 2011
Mitt Romney Trust
2010 | 2011
Ann Romney Trust
2010 | 2011
Ann and Mitt Romney Family Trust
2010 | 2011
Tyler Charitable Foundation
2010


Vice Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative Paul Ryan
2010 | 2011 (amended)


Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich
2010

George W. Bush

Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum
2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010


Senator John S. McCain

2008 Presidential Candidate Senator John S. McCain
2006 | 2007 (Note: Large PDFs (7 MB))
Cindy McCain
2006 | 2007
McCain Family Foundation
2006 | 2007 (Note: Large PDFs (12 MB))

Governor Sarah Palin

2008 Vice President Candidate Governor Sarah Palin
2006 | 2007 (Note: Large PDFs (8 MB))


George W. Bush

George W. Bush
2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007

Richard Cheney

Richard Cheney
2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007


Note: For tax year 2001, both President Bush and Vice President Cheney released partial returns. For tax year 2000, Bush released only his Form 1040; Cheney provided a summary of his taxes, but released no forms.



Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton
1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999


Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan
1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987


Franklin Roosevelt


Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford did not release his returns, but he did release summary data about his federal taxes for the years between 1966 and 1975. [Source]


Franklin Roosevelt


Franklin Roosevelt
1913 | 1914 | 1915 | 1916 | 1917 | 1918 | 1919 | 1920 | 1921 | 1922 | 1923 | 1924 | 1925 | 1926 | 1927 | 1928 | 1929 | 1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934 | 1935 | 1936 | 1937
Franklin Roosevelt did not release tax returns during his presidency, but many returns were later made available by his presidential library.


George Bush

George Bush
1989 | 1990 | 1991


Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter
1977 | 1978 | 1979


Richard Nixon


Richard Nixon
1969 | 1970 | 1971 | 1972
Important Notes: Paper copies of the returns can be ordered from Tax Analysts using the associated document numbers. Copies are also available from the Bush, Carter, Nixon, Reagan, and Roosevelt presidential libraries.

Two caveats: (1) Some of the images are of mediocre quality, reflecting the poor photocopies released by the White House. We're searching for better copies and will make them available as soon as possible; (2) most of the missing years reflect a quirk of the calendar. Presidents release tax returns only for years they serve in office and only while they still hold that office. Consequently, Jimmy Carter did not release a return for 1980 nor did Ronald Reagan release one for 1988 — each left office before returns were due. Likewise incoming presidents do not release returns for the year before they assumed office, even though they hold office when returns for that year come due.