It's deadline day for Trump's tax returns

Jeannie Matthews
April 11, 2019

Ever since President Richard Nixon was found to have understated his tax liability in the early 1970s, it has become common practice for presidents to release their tax returns.

But in Capitol Hill appearances on Tuesday, Mnuchin dodged answering whether he would comply with the request to supply Trump's tax returns by Wednesday, and he also said he has not promised to authorize the IRS to supply the returns.

"There's so much we do not learn from tax forms". "I'd be surprised if [Chief Justice] John G. Roberts Jr. wants to resolve this dispute, but it is an important inter-branch dispute".

Consovoy argues that even if the Ways and Means Committee had a "legitimate" reason for making the request, it is "a transparent effort by one political party to harass an official from the other party because they dislike his politics and speech".

"While I'm under audit I would not give my taxes - there's no law whatsoever".

"This is a back door of getting his federal returns", Pomp says. "That is not going to happen, and they know it".

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney suggested that the American people will "never" see Trump's tax returns.

Trump's taxes have been a source of contention since his presidential campaign, when he broke with decades of tradition by refusing to release his returns.

Waters: What would you like to do? "I believe you are supposed to take the gavel and bang it".

An attorney for Trump on Friday blasted the request from Democrats as "a misguided attempt" to politicize the tax laws, accusing lawmakers of harassment and interference in IRS audits.

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Mark W. Everson, who served as the IRS commissioner under President George W. Bush, said there is little dispute that Congress has the authority to receive Trump's tax returns.

The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service said his agency is working on Democrats' letter requesting President Donald Trump's tax returns and "anticipates" responding as a key Wednesday deadline looms.

Regardless of those risks, past presidents released their tax returns while in office.

"We're not seeking the President's cooperation, we're not looking to the IRS to turn over a copy of returns".

On April 5, lawyers for Trump sent the Treasury Department general counsel a letter telling him not to release the records until the Justice Department has issued a new legal opinion.

Asked if he would comply, Mnuchin said he would "comply with the law" but stopped short of saying he would commit to handing over the returns.

The head of the IRS, meanwhile, agreed with Democrats that it's primarily his decision to make - though he reports to Mnuchin.

"There's comfort in knowing that they've been exposed to scrutiny", Grewal says, adding that 90% of congresspeople don't release their returns.

"That's really useful information for a committee that's just trying to get a sense of whether the President was paying tax at all", says Joshua Blank, professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and an expert in tax privacy.

While Democrats hold enough seats in the state legislature to pass such a measure, its success still depends on support from the Democratic leaders, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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