Bill Enyart, the Democrat nominee for the 12th Congressional District, on Thursday released to the media copies of his individual tax returns from 2001 to 2011.
“In the interest of transparency and open government, I am releasing my tax returns today and calling on my opponent to do the same thing,” Enyart said in a statement.
n April, Enyart and his wife, Annette Eckert, a retired St. Clair County Circuit Court judge, filed a joint 2011 tax return that shows the couple earned a combined income of $380,587, including:
* $197,892 in wages
* $152,034 in pensions and annuities
* $12,000 in individualized retirement account distributions.
Enyart and his wife Annette Eckert paid $104,864 in joint federal income taxes on a gross income, according to a copy of their 2011 tax return provided to the News Democrat.
The couple reported overpaying $14,584 in federal income taxes and sought a refund of $9,584, according to their return.
In addition, Enyart and Eckert paid a total of $16,921 in state income, local property and other taxes, according to their return.
Enyart also pledged to turn over his tax returns all the way back to 1982 as soon as they arrive from the Internal Revenue Service.
Enyart called on Republican nominee Jason Plummer “to offer the same level of transparency so voters will have a better idea of who we are and what we stand for.”
Plummer has so far rejected all calls by opponents leading up to the March 20 GOP primary and Democrats to release his tax returns.
A statement from Plummer was not available by Thursday. But Plummer has responded to previous calls for the release of his returns by stating that “voters want to know where you get your money, where your money is invested, and what kind of financial relationships you have. They should want to know these things, it is tremendously important information.”
Plummer’s family owns the Edwardsville-based R.P. Lumber chain. He won the GOP nomination in 2010 be the running mate last year of state Sen. Bill Brady, who lost the race for governor to Democrat Pat Quinn. Plummer and his family contributed about $1.3 million in his effort to win the lieutenant governor’s nomination.
Plummer’s family has extensive real estate holdings, including office buildings and shopping centers.