WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, earned $610,702 in their first year in the White House and paid $150,439 in federal income taxes. That was a rate of 24.6% for 2021, well above the average of around 14%.
The totals were similar to the Bidens’ returns in 2020, when they reported earning $607,336 as he ran for president. They then declared a federal income tax rate of 25.9%.
The national median household income was $67,521 in 2020, according to US Census data.
This year and last were steep declines from 2019 for the Bidens, when they earned nearly $1 million, mostly from book sales, speeches and their teaching jobs at the University of Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia Community College.
Jill Biden still teaches in Virginia as first lady.
The couple donated $17,394 to 10 different charities in 2021. The largest donation was $5,000 to the Beau Biden Foundation, a nonprofit that fights child abuse named after their son. , Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015 at age 46.
The Bidens also released their 2021 Delaware tax return and said they paid $30,765 in state income tax there. The first lady released a statement from Virginia showing she had paid $2,721 in Virginia state income tax.
Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, released their 2021 tax returns, which showed they earned $1,655,563 in 2021 and paid $523,371 – a federal income tax rate of 31.6%. Harris and Emhoff also paid $120,517 in California income tax and $2,044 in New York income tax.
The second gentleman, who teaches at Georgetown Law School, paid $54,441 in District of Columbia income tax, and the couple donated $22,100 to charity in 2021.
It’s the second year in a row Biden has released his White House tax returns, reestablishing a tradition of presidents making their returns public after former President Donald Trump failed to do so.
Biden campaigned on transparency about his personal finances, releasing 22 years of tax returns ahead of the 2020 election. It was a direct challenge to Trump, who for years has argued that an audit had prevented him from releasing his taxes — although the IRS has mandated for more than four decades that the tax returns of sitting presidents and vice presidents be audited.
The New York Times later obtained Trump’s tax records and reported that he paid just $750 in federal income tax during his first year in the White House. IRS figures show the average filer paid about $12,200 in 2017, about 16 times what the former president paid.