DiPietro releases tax returns while calling for opponent to do same

Also discusses Trump not releasing returns

Mike Baggerman
October 03, 2018 - 3:41 pm

David DiPietro speaking with supporters outside East Aurora Village Hall. October 3, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WBEN) – Assemblyman David DiPietro gave members of the media access to his tax returns for the last five years on Wednesday afternoon.

His tax returns will not be viewable on the internet because he said doing so would allow a high-priced attorney to attack them and pick apart small details like how much was given to charities.

But DiPietro is also calling on his political opponent, Luke Wochensky, to release his tax returns following questions about his New York residency and his statements under oath where he did not pay state taxes in 2014 and 2015. In the hearing on July 31, Wochensky said that he did not pay state taxes because his accountant explained to him that he did not qualify for state income taxes because his income came from outside New York State. Wochensky was represented US and European countries in international arbitration cases in Russia and he was also an anti-corruption lawyer there.

"The voters of New York's 147th assembly district deserve to know how much Luke Wochensky owes them in back taxes," DiPietro said. "If, as the news reported, Wochensky has not paid his state taxes, voters certainly deserve to know when he intends to pay his taxes, penalties, and interest, before they vote to pay him a state salary."

President Trump never released his tax returns despite numerous calls to do so. DiPietro said that the president’s case is different because of possibly accusations of Wochensky lying under oath.

“If (Wochensky) didn’t cheat, we wouldn’t be calling for it,” DiPietro said. “(Wochensky) put himself in this situation.”

Wochensky, in a video released while DiPietro held his press conference, said that he’s current on all his taxes and that DiPietro’s campaign is creating falsehoods.  

"I'm current on all my taxes," Wochensky said in the video. "This is exactly the type of politics I'm running against. It's nothing more than the desperate cries of a politician that has nothing else to run on. My opponent has spent six years whining instead of working."

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