President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris donated less to charity than what other Americans in their income brackets contribute, their tax returns show.
Biden and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, reported earning an adjusted gross income of $610,702 last year, the returns showed.
The Bidens said they had contributed a total of $17,394 to 10 different charities last year — roughly 2.8 percent of their income.
Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, meanwhile, earned $1,655,563 in 2021. They contributed $22,100 of that to charity, the White House said, or about 1.3 percent of their income.
“With this release, the President has shared a total of 24 years of tax returns with the American public, once again demonstrating his commitment to being transparent with the American people about the finances of the commander in chief,” the White House said in a statement.
But according to Fox News, “The poorest Americans were far more generous than” both the first and second couples.
“According to 2016 data from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the average charitable deduction for those making between $500,000 and $2 million is 3.1% of adjusted gross income. Filers earning between $100,000 and $500,000 donate 2.9%,” the outlet reported.
Meanwhile, the average charitable deduction for those earning between $50,000 and $100,000 was 4.5 percent of adjusted gross income, and it jumped to 8.4 percent for those earning under $50,000.
All told, the Bidens contributed 0.3 percentage points less to charity than the average amount donated by other Americans in their income bracket. Harris and her husband, for their part, gave less than half what Americans in their income bracket contribute, on average.
According to the New York Post, the Bidens earned more money but donated less to charity than they had the previous year.
In 2020, the outlet said, the couple reported earning $607,336 and contributing $30,704 to charity.
“USA Today reported in 2008 that Biden gave an average of $369 a year to charity over the decade before becoming vice president,” Fox added. “In 2007, then-Senator Biden gave $995 to charity, which was roughly 0.3% of the income he and his wife had earned.”