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Biden Tax Return for 2010

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Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, earned earned $379,178 in 2010, according to their federal tax return.

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Updated April 22, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden's tax return for 2010 showed he and his wife Dr. Jill Biden earned $379,178 for the year. The couple, who filed a joint federal return, paid $86,626 in federal taxes and owed the government $7,180 at the end of the year.

The Bidens' effective tax rate was about 23 percent, well above the national average income-tax rate of 9.3 percent.

The vice president earns $230,700 in his official capacity.

Also see: Obama Tax Return for 2010

Biden's tax return showed the vice president and his wife, a teacher, earned more money than they did in 2009. The Bidens reported total income of $333,182 for 2009 and a federal tax liability of $71,147 that year, an effective federal tax rate of about 21 percent.

Deductions on Biden Tax Return

According to Biden's tax return, the couple claimed tax deductions of $30,019 in mortgage interest, $18,300 in state and local income taxes, $13,369 in real estate taxes and $5,350 in gifts to charity.

Also see: 10 Wealthiest Members of Congress

Their itemized deductions totaled $67,038.

Charitable Giving Details on Biden Tax Return

Biden's tax return lists $4,400 in cash contributions to various nonprofit agencies, the largest of which was $1,400 to the Northern Virginia Community College Alumni Scholarship Fund. The second-largest contribution was $1,000 to the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Biden's tax return also showed the couple donated clothing and household goods worth $950 to Goodwill in Wilmington, Del.

The Bidens' charitable giving, at about 1 percent of their income, pales in comparison to that of President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Obama's tax return for 2010 showed he and Michelle Obama donated $245,075 - about 14.2 percent of their income - to 36 different charities.

Biden Tax Return vs. Obama Tax Return

Biden's tax return shows the vice president earns far less than does President Barack Obama.

Obama's tax return for 2010 showed he and First Lady Michelle Obama earned $1,728,096, most of which came from the sale of Obama's books, including The Audacity of Hope. The couple, who filed jointly, paid $453,770 in federal taxes and got a refund of $12,334.

The Obamas' effective tax rate was about 26 percent.

The president earns $400,000 in his official capacity.

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