- The Washington Times - Friday, April 15, 2005


President Bush reported adjusted gross income of $784,219 for last year, on which he paid $207,307 in federal taxes — about $20,000 less than the previous year, according to the president’s return released yesterday by the White House.

In 2003, the president and first lady Laura Bush reported $822,126 in adjusted gross income and paid $227,490 in federal income taxes.

On their 2004 return the Bushes listed as income his presidential salary — about $400,000 — and investment income from trusts that hold their assets.

The couple contributed $77,785 — about 10 percent of their adjusted gross income — to churches and charitable organizations. Those included Evergreen Chapel at Camp David, Md., St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army World Service Office, AmeriCares, an international relief organization, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Bushes paid $22,158 in state property taxes on their ranch near Crawford, Texas, up slightly from $21,352.

The White House also released the 2004 tax return filed by Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne.

The report shows the Cheneys owe federal taxes for 2004 of $393,518 on adjusted gross income of $1.7 million.

Throughout last year, the Cheneys paid $290,855 in taxes through withholding and estimated tax payments. When they filed their return on Friday, they paid the remaining $102,663.

The Cheneys’ income included the vice president’s $203,000 government salary and $194,852 in deferred compensation from Halliburton Co., the Dallas-based energy services firm he headed until Aug. 16, 2000. Mr. Cheney elected in December 1998 to recoup over five years a portion of the money he made in 1999 as chief executive officer of Halliburton. This amount was to be paid in annual installments — with interest — after Mr. Cheney’s retirement from Halliburton.

“The amount of deferred compensation received by the vice president is fixed and is not affected in any way by Halliburton’s current economic performance or earnings,” a statement issued by the White House said.

The Cheneys’ tax return also reports Mrs. Cheney’s wage and salary income from the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, and compensation for sitting on the board of Reader’s Digest until retiring in 2003.

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