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Cuomo's tax return shows $230G total earnings

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo tours Long Beach in

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo tours Long Beach in this file photo. (Oct. 31, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo earned about $230,000 last year in salary and investment income, according to records his office released Monday.

On his federal income-tax return, Cuomo reported $168,910 in salary, $17,000 in dividends, about $3,000 in royalties and $40,705 in tax-exempt interest. He claimed a $3,234 federal refund. He could have claimed a $7,161 refund on New York taxes but applied $4,000 to next year's state returns.

The governor's federal tax obligation was $36,919, making his effective tax rate 19.7 percent.

Cuomo, a Democrat, earns $179,000 in salary as governor. Since 2011, he has taken a 5 percent pay cut in light of the fact that state workers accepted a wage freeze.

Last year, Cuomo added more than $66,000 in investments and royalties through a fund managed by AMG National Trust Bank, based in Englewood, Colo. Aide Matt Wing said the governor's assets were in a blind trust over which he had no control.

Cuomo lost $27,575 on securities sold by AMG. Under tax laws, he could claim a maximum $3,000 in capital gains losses.

He gave a $9,000 donation to Help USA, a charity for the homeless that he launched before becoming governor.

Cuomo doesn't claim a property-tax deduction because he resides with Food Network star Sandra Lee at her Mount Kisco home in Westchester County.

The governor didn't report any "imputed" income from the use of state aircraft when traveling to or from his home for official events. Wing said the flights don't constitute a fringe benefit because they are official trips.

Cuomo's running mate, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, paid a 22 percent effective tax rate.

Duffy, a Democrat, reported taxable income of $239,349, primarily from his state salary and a pension from his service as Rochester police chief. His wife reported less than $1,000 profit from her job as a human-resources consultant.

The Duffys had a federal tax obligation of $44,040 and a state tax obligation of $9,523 last year. They donated $5,949 to charity.

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