Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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"Honestly, you can't learn much from a tax return."
Leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" via telephone on Tuesday and faced a direct question about his taxes and charitable donations.
MSNBC regular panel member Mark Halperin asked Trump, "In 2014, what was your effective tax rate and how much did you give to charity?"
Trump responded without giving specifics on either topic.
Concerning the amount of money he gave to charity 2014, Trump said, "Well, I gave a lot of money to charity...I could release a list."
On the subject of his effective tax rate, Trump deflected the question by citing a reason he has repeated when asked to release his personal income tax returns saying, "I don't talk about my tax rate because I'm under audit." He said he will release his tax returns when he's no longer under audit.
The billionaire added, "Honestly, you can't learn much from a tax return. Frankly, almost nothing."
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