DALLAS (CBSDFW/AP) – Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was front and center at Monday night’s presidential debate.
One of the most talked about moments from the debate was Donald Trump’s comments about his taxes.
Trump has said he can’t release his tax returns because he is being audited, though tax experts have said an audit is no barrier to making the information public. When Hillary Clinton suggested Trump’s refusal may be because he paid nothing in federal taxes, he interrupted to say, “That makes me smart.”
Cuban was asked about that comment following the debate and discussed his opinion on taxes.
“I get audited every year my taxes are — it takes me 45 minutes just to sign all the different taxes that I have to spend. And I tell my tax lawyers and everybody, you know, take advantage of — do what the law recommends. But I’m not against paying taxes. And I’ll give you a perfect example. When the Dallas Mavericks were building a new practice facility, which we’re just opening, I had the opportunity to go to Dallas and and play different cities against each other to get different rebates and everything. I didn’t do it. A couple years ago we had some issues in Dallas, I just wrote a check to the general treasury. This year we had, after the shootings in Orlando, I had concerns about the LGBT community in Dallas. I just wrote a million dollar check to the city of Dallas to support a bunch of different programs. I’m, I’m the luckiest guy in the world. There’s nobody who’s been as blessed as me and my family, so far, knock on wood, is healthy, and at some point you have to realizes you have to give back. And you have to realize that this is a country that’s been great to us. And you can’t just take, take, take, take, take, take.”
Cuban has been very critical of Trump recently. Just a couple weeks ago, he offered Trump $10 million to a let him interview him on his economic plan.
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