Do U.S. Presidents Pay Taxes?

Taxes are a necessary part of being an American. But do governing officials like the president pay taxes? Absolutely, they do.

Is the president’s income tax-free? 

No, the president’s income is not tax-free. 

The president, like other American citizens, must pay individual income taxes and file a tax return. The same laws that govern taxpaying American citizens apply to the president because, despite the office, they are still considered a citizen. 

Can the president of the U.S. receive a tax refund? 

U.S. presidents file and pay taxes just like the rest of us; they must follow the same laws that other taxpayers do. If they have too little withheld, they could end up owing money to the IRS. If they have too much withheld from their paycheck, they could get a refund.  

Is the president required to disclose their tax returns? 

Even though the president must file a tax return, they aren’t required to share information on their tax return with the public. That’s because the same laws that protect taxpayers also protect the president. 

How much does the president make? 

The president’s salary is about $400,000 per year. For some elected individuals, this means they take a pay cut when they become president. 

There are many other benefits to being president as well. The president gets a pension after leaving the office. They also have a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 non-taxable travel account, and a $19,000 entertainment account.  

The White House provides a home, garden, personal chefs, housekeepers, a movie theater, and a bowling alley for the president and their family. 

While the presidential salary is taxable, not all of these benefits are taxed, according to the tax code. 

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This article was last edited on July 19, 2021.