Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus fired shots at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton Monday, asking her tax attorney in a letter if the former secretary of state is willing to "put her money where her mouth is."
"As Hillary and Bill Clinton’s financial and estate planner, as well as their personal accountant, I am writing to you on this annual tax day to inquire as to whether Hillary Clinton has chosen to put her money where her mouth is and pay the additional taxes she is hypocritically proposing that other Americans of similar income pay, but not said she is willing to voluntarily pay herself," Priebus wrote in his letter to Rorrie Gregorio, who is Clinton's personal tax attorney.
The RNC chief then went on to explain Clinton's tax "surplus" proposal and challenged the New York Democrat to lead by example.
"As a part of Mrs. Clinton’s tax policy proposals, she has called for an unprecedented new tax on Americans who earn more than $5 million annually," Priebus wrote. "This 4-percent 'surcharge' would effectively create an entirely new tax bracket for people at the top 0.01 percent, such as herself."
"With the Clintons’ tremendous income, I am calling upon them to fully embrace her new tax by applying the ‘surcharge’ to her family’s previous income since 2001 when her family income has been in excess of $10 million on average annually," he added.
According to Priebus' calculations, because the Clintons have made $186,674,757 since leaving the White House in 2001, they would owe more than $4.6 million in back taxes under Clinton's tax plan. For 2014 alone, Priebus calculated that the Clintons would owe $711,489.92 in "surplus" tax.
"As a member of the top .01 percent of American income-earners and a proponent of higher taxes, Clinton should practice what she preaches by sending the U.S. Treasury the over $4.6 million she would have owed under her new tax," Priebus wrote. "In addition, it is imperative that the Clintons continue to lead moving forward, and pay this 4-percent ‘surcharge’ tax on their 2015 federal income tax filings and each year moving forward."
Priebus concluded his letter by urging Clinton to "put aside her family’s tax hypocrisy."
"The American people are tired of the Clintons playing by their own set of rules," he wrote. "I urge Hillary Clinton to put aside her family’s tax hypocrisy, put her money where her mouth is and pay the IRS the costs of her own tax hiking agenda."
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