Donald Trump had no part in preparing his controversial 1995 tax returns that legally allowed him to avoid paying federal taxes for 18 years, the accountant who prepared the taxes told Inside Edition.
"None whatsoever," Jack Mitnick, 80, replied when asked how involved Trump was in his tax preparations.
Read: Donald Trump May Have Avoided Paying Federal Income Tax for 18 Years: Report
The Florida-based retiree verified the authenticity of the documents that show Trump declared a loss of more than $915 million and could have legally avoided paying federal taxes for 18 years.
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Ex-Trump accountant who did 1995 paperwork
"The face pages look authentic," Mitnick said.
But Trump on Monday said he used the tax laws to his benefit, calling his maneuvering the law to his favor "brilliant."
"I understand the tax laws better than almost anyone, which is why I'm the one who can truly fix them," Trump said during a Colorado rally. "I have brilliantly used those laws."
"I'm the one who did all the work," said Mitnick, who first met Trump in 1964 when he was working as the accountant of his father, Fred Trump.
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Donald Trump's Tax controversy social reactions
I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them. #failing@nytimes
Trump has already said how he'll use his "genius" to overhaul tax code: huge cuts for super wealthy, most of all himself. Always for himself
@realDonaldTrump you're the most exploitative of our tax code and least moralistic of any candidate for President. I'll give you that.
Donald Trump built numerous squandered businesses on the backs of taxpayers—and he hasn't even paid his fair share. https://t.co/z0VopqoiCy
Whoever leaked the tax returns really respected the idea of the October surprise
You have to be one terrible businessman to lose $915,729,293 running A CASINO. #TrumpTaxes #NeverTrump
#LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes Dems were doing this, as they likely are again tonight. Man, how I love an October surprise. https://t.co/HNvo4TBASP
#LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes Backstreet hadn't come back, alright.
#LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes Pluto was still a planet.
#LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes I got fined for not rewinding my VCR tapes from Blockbuster https://t.co/cgi8BiCf71
Worth pointing out that $916 million in 1995 is equivalent to $1.4 billion today #LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes
#LastTimeTrumpPaidTaxes I was dialing into AOL at 3AM to check my Instant Messages
The bombshell tax returns were leaked anonymously to the New York Times, which published the documents Saturday night.
Read: Could Donald Trump Really Have Avoided Paying Federal Taxes For 18 Years?
The newspaper called to attention the first two numbers of the loss of "-915,729,293," which looked different than the rest.
Mitnick explained the discrepancy.
"Very simple, you couldn't print that large a number," he said. "The numbers had to be put in with a typewriter."
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