Dayton made $343K last year, tax return shows

Gov. Mark Dayton’s total income last year was $343,234, according to the 2012 tax return that he released today.

The timing is the result of Dayton receiving a filing extension. The release comes a year before Dayton, a Democrat, seeks re-election to a second term.

The governor’s total income included salary, dividends, and capital gains.  Dayton’s personal wealth stems from his family’s department stores. He paid $64,157 in federal income taxes on $299,604 of federal taxable income. He paid $24,990 in state taxes.

Dayton’s itemized deductions included $1,000 for gifts to charity.

His office listed the effective tax rate at 29.75 percent. A news release explained that “the effective tax rate is lower than published federal and state income tax rates, because income from dividends and capital gains is taxed at a lower federal rate than earned income.”

The release also noted that Dayton opposed that differential treatment of income when he was a U.S. Senator.


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