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Kirsten Gillibrand released her tax returns and wants every 2020 candidate to follow suit

Tax season is upon us in more ways than one.

On Wednesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) became the first 2020 contender to release her 2018 tax returns. This continues Gillibrand's trend of publishing her tax returns every year she's been in office, and comes with a petition asking her fellow Democrats to do the same.

Gillibrand reported that she'd earned $167,634 as a senator and $50,000 from a book deal in the last year. Her husband, who Politico says worked in venture capital, didn't detail any income in 2018. She paid $29,170 in federal taxes, the returns also show.

Democrats have spent the past few years pushing for President Trump to release his tax returns, especially focusing on it during the start of his presidency and renewing their push when they retook the House earlier this year. Yet so far, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is the only 2020 Democrat who's released a significant chunk of her past filings. She hasn't released 2018's returns yet. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) put out a year of his returns when he ran in 2016 and promised to release a decade's worth "soon," though that still hasn't happened, The New York Times recounts. Others, including Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) have given past returns to reporters but not the public.

Of course, there's a chance all the presidential contenders are just a little less proactive than Gillibrand — 2018 filings aren't due until April 15.