California

Newsom banned scanning his tax return. Now, he’s balking at reporter who hand-copied them.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s public disclosure of his 2019 tax return to a small cadre of Sacramento reporters came with one condition: no photos and no copies.

Monday, select reporters were allowed to review his tax return on the condition that they would not be able to copy, scan, or take a copy with them to reference with their reporting.

One reporter, Politico’s Colby Bermel, took a blank IRS form 1040 and furiously copied down the data on Newsom’s tax return within the 90 minutes allotted for him to view the data, the digital pub said via its Playbook newsletter

Now, the Newsom team is disputing the data Politico is reporting, saying that it contained “multiple data and transposition errors,” despite not making the forms available again for verification.

In a statement, the Newsom campaign said the publication had 50 omissions on the form, too.

Here’s the reproduction of Newsom’s tax return:

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.