April 15th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Obamas paid $1.79M in taxes on income of $5.5M for 2009

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/15/art.obamatax0415.gi.jpg caption =" The first family paid $1.79 million in federal taxes for 2009 on adjusted gross income of $5.5 million."]Washington (CNN) - The first family paid $1.79 million in federal taxes for 2009 on adjusted gross income of $5.5 million, mostly from the sale of President Barack Obama's books, the White House announced Thursday.

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama reported $329,100 in donations to 40 different charities, with the largest reported contributions being $50,000 each to CARE and the United Negro College Fund, according to their federal tax return posted on the White House Web site.

In addition, Obama donated the $1.4 million Nobel Prize money to 10 charities, the White House said.

Under tax laws, it said, Obama's decision to donate the prize money to charity meant he didn't have to list it as income, and couldn't declare it for a charitable deduction.

The White House also posted the 2009 federal tax returns for Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, showing they paid $71,147 in taxes on adjusted gross income of $333,182.

The Bidens contributed $4,820 to charity in both monetary and in-kind contributions, according to the return.

Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Eric R.

    we all gotta pay dues....

    April 15, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. BS President Misleading Americans

    I would like to see a complete itemized list of how much and who each and everyone of Obama's charities were. Just how much went to his muslim counterparts?

    April 15, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. A Hunter

    I really would like for Americans to stop behavin like we are The Taliban , we are justifying hate and violence. Are we really going to harm those who think different and are different!! Are we just a version of The taliban, because that is what is said around the world. Can we really stay strong and reasonable or is the beliefs about Americans true? Are we decietful hatered filled people who harm those whom beleive differently ? I know that I am not a hater of my own people,American People . I love Americans !! And so should all Americans!!

    April 15, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    I wonder what those pesky teabaggers will have to say about this. EVERYBODY pays taxes fools!!!
    Those roads you are using to finally go back to your hell hole of a home are paid by everyone's taxes. You are not special at all.

    April 15, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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