US 2016 Presidential Election: The Clintons' tax return shows the pair made more than $10m last year

 
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Bill Clinton would become the inaugural "First Man" if Hillary triumphs in November's US Presidential Election (Source: Getty)

Hillary and Bill Clinton raked in a total of $10.6m (£8.2m) in 2015, tax records released by the official Hillary for President campaign yesterday showed.

The former president earned $6m from speaking fees and engagements, while Hillary Clinton, who is running to succeed Barack Obama in the White House took in more than $4m in fees and royalties from book deals.

The combined income is the lowest since 2009 and is significantly down on the $25m-plus the Clintons earned in both 2013 and 2014.

Bill's bills

Source Income
Speaking $5.25m
Consulting $1.7m
Books and publications £29,000
Total net income (after expenses) $6m

The pair handed over 43.2 per cent of their gross earnings in federal, state and local taxes, records showed. The Clinton campaign has stepped up its calls for Donald Trump to release his own tax records, saying he is "defying decades-old tradition" of candidates disclosing their earnings.

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The campaign said the Clintons have now published their tax returns for every year since 1977. "In stark contrast," Jennifer Palmieri, communications director of Hillary for America, said, "Donald Trump is hiding behind fake excuses and backtracking on his previous promises to release his tax returns."

Hillary's holdings

Source Income
Books and publications $3m
Speaking $1.5m
Total net income (after expenses) $4.1m

She added: "He has failed to provide the public with the most basic financial information disclosed by every major candidate in the last 40 years. What is he trying to hide?"

The documents also show the Clintons made charitable donations of around $1m in 2015 and earned just shy of $90,000 from dividend payouts on their investment in an S&P 500 tracker

Clinton has taken a commanding lead in the opinion polls since Donald Trump took edged ahaed during the Republican convention. A series of controversies have stung the Republican contender, who yesterday raised more fears that electoral fraud could disrupt his chances of securing the keys to the White House.

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