Election 2016 Taxes

Former Accountant Says He’s the Real Trump Genius

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

During the first presidential debate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said not paying income taxes makes him "smart." Trump's surrogates have said not paying taxes makes him a "genius" and Trump himself said his use of the tax code was "brilliant."

You may or may not agree with that, but according to his former accountant, he is the one who deserve all the glory.

"I did all the tax preparation. He never saw the product until it was presented to him for signature," the Trump family's former tax accountant Jack Mitnick told Inside Edition. "I’m the one who did all the work." [...]

"I understand the tax laws better than almost anyone, which is why I am one who can truly fix them,” [Trump] said at a campaign rally on Monday. “I understand it. I get it. And that is what I commit to do."

In a sense this isn't necessarily new information. We know wealthy people like Trump can afford to hire accountants and lawyers who've studied every single loophole in the tax code, but Trump regularly boasts of his own proficiency, brilliance and loophole-exploiting prowess.

If you asked Trump to explain exactly how he's been kept afloat by his hired help, I'm skeptical that he could actually tell you.

An intrepid reporter could ask him to explain it, but Trump hasn't held a press conference since July. I don't expect debate moderators are up to the task.

  • gescove

    I must say, that graphic of Herr Drumpf with the tiny baby hands ‘shopped in is just flat out creepy.

  • David Greenberg

    When HRC didn’t hold a press conference for a couple of months, the press were on her about it like stink on shit. This is the first mention of Trump not holding a press conference since July, that I have heard or seen.

  • waspuppet

    This is normal (which is to say, terrible) boss behavior: Saying that someone should do something is the same as doing it yourself. And in this case, saying you want to pay as little tax as possible is the same as actually poring over the laws and finding this loophole.

  • muselet

    The one person close to Donald Trump who ever showed competence is the guy who did his taxes.

    Says it all, really.


  • Aynwrong

    The one thing that has always been painfully obvious is that Trump knows absolutely nothing about the things he claims to be an expert in. Which is everything.

    Trump understands how the tax codes function about as well as I understand how a black hole functions (I know next to nothing about black holes).

  • Georgie
    • muselet

      Because he’s proud of what he’s accomplished.