April 15th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
4 years ago

White House releases Obama, Biden tax returns

The White House has released the 2008 tax returns of both the first and second families on Tuesday, Tax Day.
The White House has released the 2008 tax returns of both the first and second families on Tuesday, Tax Day.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House released 2008 tax returns Wednesday for the Obamas and the Bidens.

The president and the first lady reported an adjusted gross income of of more than $2.6 million last year, and paid $855,323 in federal income tax. The Obamas also donated $172,050, to 37 different charities, including $25,000 contributions to CARE and the United Negro College Fund.

The Obamas, who donated $26,270 to Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ in 2007, did not contribute any money to the church in 2008. They donated $240,370 to 33 charities in 2007, including $35,000 to CARE, and $50,000 to the United Negro College Fund.

Read: The Obama's 2008 federal tax return

Read: The Obamas' 2008 federal form 709

Read: The Obamas' 2008 state tax return


Vice President and Mrs. Biden reported an adjusted gross income of $269,256, and an after-tax income of $183,315. They paid $46,952 in federal income taxes, and donated $1,885 to charity.

Read: The Bidens' 2008 federal tax return

Read: The Bidens' 2008 state tax return


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Baze

    Over $800,000 in federal taxes? Dag!!

    April 15, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. david

    Hey why isnt Obama crying about paying taxes?

    Why?

    because he's a true Americ an who knows roads, schools, and bridges dont build themselves for free.

    Ohh by the way, Obama has lowered Taxes, not raised them.

    Goodbye Tea Party, come back when you have something real to protest about, you hate filled pieces of crap.

    April 15, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. suzy

    Thats alot of money for people who dont have jobs. I hope they give all their money/earnings to the "We the People" work for Free for the American Taxpayers.

    April 15, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Watchful Cowboy

    Mr. President and family paid at a rate of about 33% income tax and gave something just under 7% to charity – I have no complaints!

    April 15, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. ray ray

    Wow – 1% to charity, eh Mr/Mrs Biden?

    Glad to see you all are "giving back" to the country which has given you so much.

    No wonder this Administration wants to remove the tax-deduction of charitable giving... they don't believe in it themselves!

    April 15, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Jim

    I voted and still strongly support the Obama Biden team, but it is a disgrace and deep discouragement to learn that VP Biden gave less than $2,000 to charity. What a joke!! Come on , Joe, you are a good Catholic,..and you gave such a little amount?? Sad!

    April 15, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Eye of Sauron

    At least he payed better than last year when he made 4 million and gave 27k to charities.

    April 15, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Chi Town

    Well at least the charity is up... he has given almost nothing in the past... but that's the democrat way... love charity as long as someone else is paying for it.

    Biden... yup... bout par for the course

    April 15, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. boered1

    hey ray ray what did YOU donate to charity?.... just as I thought NOTHING

    and no you cannot say your church or the NRA is a charity

    What i find interesting is that this was done without being demanded by anyone, without a huge fanfare but simply because the President said he would do it... kinda like integrity something that has been very rare in Washington for my entire adult life... but then ol ray ray here has to complain about something otherwise he would have to admit he is part of the problem

    April 15, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. zach

    how does a senator who's salary is less than $300,000 a year make 2.6 mil?

    April 15, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Meidy

    Wow Joe – a whopping 0.7% to charities?? And you say you go to church. That's less than $40 a week – I'm sure your church is thrilled to have you in their congregation! This is exactly what will happen to the rest of us higher income folks under the Obama tax plans....higher taxes mean lower charity donations. The money comes from somewhere....I'm not burning it in my fireplace.

    April 15, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. RB

    Here is the difference between the right and left, charitable giving. a nonpartisian report reflected that republicans give 60% of all charitable donations and democrats give 40%. Now here is the kicker that Democrats don't want you to know. the average annual income of a registered Democrat is higher than the average annual income of a registered Republican.

    No wonder the left doesn't mind paying more in taxes, they don't give as much to the charities that support the poor and needy. Looks like Biden wants us to be patriotic and pay more in taxes. Hey Joe, how about donating some of your big earnings to the needy.

    April 15, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. david

    Dont talk about Biden like that. Biden is still in the hole for paying for his childrens schooling. He has bills to pay still. When you give more than him, and have many bills still to pay, then you might have the slightest sliver of light register in your brain

    April 15, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. david

    Zach, he has book sales

    April 15, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Steve

    Who is "rich" and "elite" and most importantly "out-of-touch" now? McCain.....er, oops....wait.... I mean the Obamas

    April 15, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Chi Town

    david April 15th, 2009 5:29 pm ET

    Hey why isnt Obama crying about paying taxes?

    Because he now lives completly off them (typical democrate)... His house, security, food, cars, planes, wardrobe, etc... are all payed for by the working people of the United States... you know... those with jobs... sometimes called Republicans.

    April 15, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Soccer Nana

    ". . . . . . including $25,000 contributions to Catholic Relief Services . . . . "

    Yet, he CANNOT speak at Notre Dame because he supports the LAW that allows women the choice to carry their pregnancies full term or not.

    Hmmm, unbelievable.

    April 15, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. RB

    Cowboy, I find it very convenient that Obama's 2008 charitable giving is up. Take a look at his 2006 and 2007 and see if you have any complaints. Now that he is in the public eye, his hypocrisy is coming through.

    April 15, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Simmy

    ray-ray,

    Take off your big Tea Bag and close your mouth. It's their money. They paid their taxes.....You fill in the gap, and pay the rest of what you think they should have given..You people are angrier than hell – and that's an angry place.......

    Go Obamas/Bidens......2012...

    April 15, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Tim

    I make about half of what Biden makes and I donated close to $4,500 last year. What happened to all of the "do your part" talk that the VP was spewing during and after the election. What a disgrace. How did he ever get chosen to be the VP?

    April 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. RB

    David,
    i make considerably less than Biden, have 2 in college (one is a private Christian school the other state college), one just out of college and gave 3 times more in chartible givings than Joe did. I have all the right in this country to say Shame on Him!

    April 15, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Lisa in Shelton

    and yet they wanted to lose the tax credits for the wealthiest Americans. Bravo for paying your share of taxes owed (rendering unto Caesar), but expect the shocked eyebrows raised when folks note that these spiritual families don't render unto God what is His – the tithe.

    April 15, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Lisa in Shelton

    I wonder how much McCain and Palin made and donated...

    April 15, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. RB

    Simmy,
    i would expect that you were just as angry about Bush and felt it was your right to make your views heard. Now that there is someone else in the White House, maybe you don't like it when the shoe is on the other foot. I will express my view just as i had to put up with you and yours the past 8 years.

    April 15, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Outraged Ohio Taxpayer

    WOW – Biden who says "people need to pay their fair share" donates a measly $1,900 to charity. Hypocrisy at its finest!! Look behind you Joe, "Nobody's following you either!"

    April 15, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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