Greg Abbott releases tax return, Wendy Davis files extension

Abbott and Davis

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Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis will face off in the general election for the next governor of Texas.

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 3:37 PM

DALLAS – Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott released his 2013 federal income tax form on Tuesday and called on his Democratic opponent, Senator Wendy Davis, to release hers as well.

Abbott’s return shows that he and his wife Cecilia earned $193,725. But after deductions and exemptions, the Abbotts' taxable income was $100,128. Abbott paid $50,391 in mortgage interest, $20,431 in property taxes and gave $6,650 to charity.

The Abbotts overpaid federal taxes by $20,329 and will get that sum back as a refund.

See Abbott's entire tax return here.

"On Tax Day, Greg Abbott is once again taking the lead in releasing his 2013 tax return in the spirit of transparency and honesty that Texas voters deserve,” said Matt Hirsch, Abbott’s communications director, in a news release. “Sen. Davis, on the other hand, refuses to release her full client list and the sources of her income, which we now know was boosted by votes she cast in the state senate that aided her clients and her bank account.”

Sen. Davis told News 8 she plans to release her income taxes as well.

“Yes, I absolutely will,” Davis said. “I filed an extension which is something I’ve done for many years, but as soon as I complete my tax returns I absolutely will turn them over.”

Senator Davis has faced criticism for not fulfilling a pledge to stop representing public sector clients in her law firm when she decided to run for governor.

Her campaign also revealed she will undergo outpatient neck surgery in Fort Worth on Wednesday morning.

"After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Senator Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” the campaign said in a statement. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes.”

Davis will return to the campaign after Easter.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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