Stringer, Spitzer release income and tax information

Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer played a game of IRS tennis Tuesday in the latest battle for the city comptroller’s …

Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer played a game of IRS tennis Tuesday in the latest battle for the city comptroller’s seat.

The Manhattan borough president released five years of his tax returns in the morning and urged Spitzer to do the same. Stringer, who filed jointly with his wife, earned $222,786 in 2011 and paid $63,482 in federal, state and city taxes. This year, they made $217,724 and paid $60,382 in federal, state and city taxes.

“Scott believes that integrity, transparency and public trust are the most important qualities for any candidate for comptroller,” Stringer spokeswoman Audrey Gelman said.

Later in the day, a spokeswoman for the former governor released his information for those years, but did not provide full returns.

“He will not be releasing the actual tax returns, as they contain income information about partnerships and other entities that are private,” Spitzer spokeswoman Lisa Linden said.

Spitzer earned $3.77 million, and he paid $1.5 million in federal, state and city taxes in 2011. In 2012, his adjusted gross income was $4.27 million and he paid $2.1 million in federal, state and city taxes.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday had Spitzer beating Stringer 48% to 33% among registered Democrats.

Ivan Pereira