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Sanders says he's a millionaire, will release tax returns by Monday

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Biden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal MORE (I-Vt.) says in a new interview that he will release his tax returns by Monday while acknowledging that he is a millionaire because of book sales.

“On the day in the very immediate future, certainly before April 15, we release ours, I hope that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE will do exactly the same,” he told The New York Times for a story published Tuesday.

“We are going to release 10 years of our tax returns, and we hope that on that day Donald Trump will do the same,” he continued.

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Sanders acknowledged in the interview that he is a millionaire, attributing it to his book sales. The newspaper noted that his most recent book, “Where We Go From Here,” was published last year.

“I wrote a best-selling book,” he told the Times. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”

Sanders and other Democratic presidential candidates have sought to release their own financial information in an effort to push Trump to release his tax returns.

During the 2016 election, Trump cited an IRS audit as his reason for not releasing his returns. The agency has said audits don't prohibit individuals from releasing information about their own finances.

Sanders has long promised to release his tax returns in connection with his presidential campaign and has said he and his wife, Jane, prepare them without an accountant, according to the Times.

Several other Democratic contenders for president, including Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats looking to speed through Senate impeachment trial With Senate at stake, Georgia is on all our minds Build trust in vaccines by investing in community workers MORE (N.Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGoogle completes Fitbit acquisition Hillicon Valley: Fringe social networks boosted after Capitol attack | Planned protests spark fears of violence in Trump's final days | Election security efforts likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress US Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots MORE (Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo MORE (Mass.) and Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters Legislatures boost security after insurrection, FBI warnings Eight governors call on feds to immediately send out vaccine doses now in reserve MORE, have released years of their tax returns.

Sanders has consistently ranked among the least wealthy senators but has made more money since his 2016 presidential campaign. According to his 2017 Senate financial disclosure forms, he earned roughly $1.06 million that year, most of it from book royalties, according to the Times.