Joe Biden Gave 1.5% of Income to Charity in 2019; Trump Gave Entire Salary to Government

Jill Biden and husband former vice-president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden
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Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, gave 1.5% of their income to charity in 2019, records show.

The Bidens released several years of their tax returns ahead of the first presidential debate on Tuesday, on the heels of a New York Times story on Sunday that claimed Trump had paid no net taxes in some recent years due to business losses. (The Times noted that Trump had paid millions to the U.S. Treasury but rolled that forward to future tax years. It also found no evidence of any links to Russia, as Democrats had long claimed, nor any links to other media-fueled conspiracy theories.)

The Bidens’ adjusted gross income was $985,233 in 2019. They gave $14,700 to charity.

The charities to which they gave were: Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation ($1,200); St. Joseph on the Brandywine, where the Bidens’ son, Beau, is buried ($2,000); and Westminster Presbyterian Church ($1,500). They also list $10,000 in contributions from “Giacoppa Corp,” one of the S-corporations the Bidens use for some of their income (thereby avoiding Medicare and Social Security taxes).

The Bidens have been criticized in the past for paltry giving, though they gave more in recent years. In 2008, ABC News reported that they had given only $369 per year, on average, for the previous decade. They had never given more than $995 in any given year.

They gave more after Biden left office and found new, lucrative opportunities. Forbes reported last year:

Joe Biden and his wife donated just $70,000 to charity in the two decades leading up to 2017, per their tax returns. But when their earnings skyrocketed in 2017, so did their giving. That year they handed more than $1 million, or about 9% of their income, to 26 charities—including their family’s Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children ($150,000) and the Joseph Biden Foundation ($100,000).

They gave $275,796 in 2018. But with their 2019 return, the Bidens appear to have dropped back to a lower level of giving.

President Trump has donated his entire salary to the U.S. since taking office. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Breitbart News that Trump has given $1.4 million in salary to the federal government.

Trump has also given large amounts to charity in the past, though he was ordered to pay an additional $2 million after his campaign paid money to charities, rather than his family foundation, which New York State forced him to dissolve.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is The Trumpian Virtues: The Lessons and Legacy of Donald Trump’s Presidency. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Correction: an earlier version of this article overstated the Bidens’ contribution by 0.1%.


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