Rubio’s Tax Returns Show He Faced Major Penalties

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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Republican presidential candidate Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] paid $11,206 in penalties and interest for filing his tax return late in 2012.

The Florida politician earned a total of $929,439 that year, largely coming from his $800,000 book deal, which he didn’t pay taxes on until mid-October 2013 after filing an extension, Bloomberg News reported.

Penalties are nothing new to the senator, six of the partial returns released on his website in late February show he paid penalties totaling more than $20,000 since 2008.

Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio also released their returns, while front-runner Donald Trump says he is holding off until after an audit is completed.

Despite gaining key endorsements from establishment Republicans, he has largely underperformed in critical states – currently trailing Cruz and Trump in terms of delegates. He has won just Minnesota and Puerto Rico in the primary this far.

Rubio is hoping to win his home state of Florida Tuesday, but recent polls show Trump has a commanding lead.

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