Haleys release tax returns for 2014 and 2015

COLUMBIA — The total income for Gov. Nikki Haley and her husband dropped last year, according to state and federal tax returns the couple released Friday.

Haley, who has released tax returns in prior years following the practice of her predecessors, on Friday released forms for 2014 and 2015.

They show the couple's total wages for 2015 were $144,578 and their total income was $170,661, down from wages of $164,593 and total income of $191,581 for 2014.

Michael Haley, a captain in the South Carolina Army National Guard, transitioned from a full-time employee to a part-time role last year, according to the Governor's Office, accounting for the drop in his wages from $70,695 in 2014 to $51,039 in 2015.

Haley's taxable income as governor for 2014 was $93,897, slightly higher than the $93,537 reported as taxable income in 2015.

The couple reported total taxable income of more than $284,000 in 2013, aided by investments and the governor's book sales.

Last year, the Haley's paid $19,681 in federal taxes and $7,692 in state taxes, down from $23,919 for federal taxes paid in 2014 and $7,692 in state taxes.

The Haleys received $4,750 in federal refunds for 2015, which were credited toward the next year's taxes, and $2,871 in state refunds. That's down from $7,244 in federal refunds and $6,917 in state refunds due the couple in 2014.

Charitable giving for the couple also dropped, from $3,630 in 2014 to $2,500 in 2015, according to the forms.  Among their 2015 gifts was $1,000 to Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, $1,000 to the Palmetto Health Foundation and $500 to the Special Olympics.

The Haleys collected $19,166 in investment interest income last year in an investment involving the governor's father.

The couple filed itemized deductions of $45,182 for 2015, down from $52,221 in 2014.  In addition to charitable gifts, the couple's 2015 itemized deductions included $12,457 in taxes and $30,225 in interest.

Though a date for the returns was not filled in, the Governor's Office said the couple filed their returns on time for both years.

In past years the couple reported more investment income and payments tied to her 2012 memoir, “Can’t Is Not an Option.”

The couple has donated profits from the book sale to charity, including the governor's Original Six Foundation.


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