Report: President Trump in 1985-94 claimed $1.17 billion business loss

US President Donald Trump speaks during an event to present US golfer Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 6, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The New York Times reported Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s businesses lost more than $1 billion from 1985 to 1994, based on tax information the newspaper acquired.

The Times said it has acquired printouts from the future president’s official IRS tax transcripts, including figures from his federal tax form.

The newspaper said President Trump reported business losses of $46.1 million in 1985, and a total of $1.17 billion in losses for the 10-year period.

After comparing Trump’s information with that of other “high-income earners,” the Times concluded that President Trump “appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer.” Because of his business losses, the newspaper reported, President Trump did not pay income taxes for eight of the 10 years.

The House Ways and Means Committee has asked the IRS to provide President Trump’s personal and business returns for 2013 through 2018. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday refused to do so, saying the panel’s request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.”

Mnuchin’s move, which had been expected, is likely to set a legal battle into motion. The chief options available to Democrats are to subpoena the IRS for the returns or to file a lawsuit.

President Trump is the first president since Watergate to decline to make his tax returns public.

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