New York State Tax Department Reviewing Claims About Donald Trump in Times Article

The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump received at least $413 million from his father over the decades, much of that through dubious tax dodges, including outright fraud. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance says it is reviewing allegations made in a New York Times article about questionable tax schemes used by now-President Donald Trump in the 1990s.

The New York Times published an investigation on Tuesday that said Trump participated in dubious tax schemes, including instances of fraud, to increase the fortune left to him by his parents.

NBC News has not confirmed the allegations in the report, which the Times said was the result of a lengthy investigation into the Trump family’s finances.

James Gazzale, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, said in an email to NBC News, “the Tax Department is reviewing the allegations in the NYT article and is vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation.” 

 “The New York Times’ allegations of fraud and tax evasion are 100% false, and highly defamatory” and that “There was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone,” a lawyer for Trump, Charles Harder said in a statement. He said “the facts upon which the Times bases its false allegations are extremely inaccurate.”

The Times reported that Trump received the equivalent of $413 million in today’s dollars from the real estate empire of his father, Fred Trump, and the Times reported that “much of this money came to Mr. Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also disputed the article, and called the report a “misleading attack against the Trump family.”

Sanders on Tuesday said about the Times’ report that “Many decades ago the IRS reviewed and signed off on these transactions” and accused the Times and other media outlets of being “consumed with attacking the president and his family 24/7 instead of reporting the news.”

Trump refused to the release his tax returns in the run up to the 2016 presidential election or after being elected, breaking with tradition.

Trump has frequently called the media “fake news.” At a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday, the president continued with attacks in that vein.

The Times report says documents it reviewed show that the future president was earning $200,000 a year in today’s dollars at the age of 3. By the time Trump had graduated from college, the report says, he was getting the equivalent of $1 million a year from his father.

The president’s brother Robert Trump said that “all appropriate gift and estate tax returns” were filed. “Our family has no other comment on these matters that happened some 20 years ago,” he said in a statement to the Times, “and would appreciate your respecting the privacy of our deceased parents, may God rest their souls.”

When he was campaigning, Trump repeatedly boasted of his ability to turn a small loan from his father into his fortune. “My father gave me a very small loan in 1975,” he said, “and I built it into a company that’s worth many, many billions of dollars.”