Checking The Tax Returns Of Texas Candidates For Governor

Dec 22, 2013

Credit Senator Wendy Davis (D)

A review of recent tax returns from Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis — the top two Texas gubernatorial candidates — shows they have generally given a smaller percentage of their income to charity than the average Texan.

The Austin American-Statesman reports in 2010, Abbott and his wife gave 1.2 percent of their adjusted gross income to charity; 3.1 percent in 2011; and 1.4 percent in 2012.

Davis, an attorney, gave 2 percent of her adjusted gross income in 2010; 0.2 percent in 2011; and 0.3 percent in 2012.

An analysis found the average charitable contribution per return filed in 2010 was 2.1 percent, both nationally and in Texas.

Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch and Davis spokeswoman Rebecca Acuña both say the tax statements don't fully capture their candidate's charitable giving.


Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Information from: Austin American-Statesman,

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