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Tax probe against Trump confirmed 

New York: The New York State Tax Department has confirmed it is investigating claims by the New York Times that US President Donald Trump helped his parents dodge millions of dollars in taxes.

The newspaper has alleged that Trump was involved in “dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud”, the BBC reported on Wednesday

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has called the story a “misleading attack”. She said the transactions were signed off by the IRS “many decades ago”.

Trump, himself has not commented, but his lawyer Charles Harder said in a statement: “There was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone. The facts upon which The New York Times bases its false allegations are extremely inaccurate.” The newspaper said its sources include public documents such as financial disclosure reports, as well as confidential records like bank statements.

It said “more than 200 tax returns from Fred Trump (the president’s father), his companies and various Trump partnerships and trusts” were among them.

Unlike past US presidents, Trump has so far refused to release his personal tax returns, so the NYT has not seen the former business tycoon’s tax details.

Trump has repeatedly styled himself as a self-made billionaire who got little help from his wealthy father’s property empire.

But in a special investigation based on more than 100,000 pages of documents, the New York Times alleged that the president actually received the equivalent of $413 million.

“By age three, Trump was earning $200,000 a year in today’s dollars from his father’s empire,” it states. “He was a millionaire by age eight,” the report said.

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