House Democrats Request 6 Years of President Trump's Tax Returns

House Democrats formally demand Trump's tax returns from IRS

"The idea they would be turned over and arbitrarily released without review and consideration wouldn't happen", Neal said.

"It's one step to get the information. but it's another step to disclose it to the public", said George Yin, a University of Virginia law professor and tax specialist.

And in their sweeping ethics reform legislation H.R. 1, Democrats included a provision that would require presidential nominees and sitting President's to disclose 10 years of business returns. Trump, a Republican and wealthy businessman, did not do so.

Democrats have been on a hunt to obtain Trump's tax returns after he bucked decades of tradition when he refused to release them during the 2016 election cycle, with Neal's request setting the stage for what is likely to be a lengthy legal battle with the administration.

Under the Internal Revenue Manual, individual income tax returns of a President are subject to mandatory examination, but this practice is IRS policy and not codified in the Federal tax laws.

In addition to Mr. Trump's personal returns for the 2013-2018 period, the Committee has requested returns for eight of Mr. Trump's business, including the Bedminster golf course have been requested.

"They'll speak to the Attorney General, ' he said in response to a question about the House Ways & Means Committee chair's demand for six years" worth of his tax filings. Trump is nearly certain to challenge the request in court.

Rep. Neal, whose committee has jurisdiction over all tax issues, has formally requested President Donald Trump's tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service for the past 6 years.

Trump told reporters at the White House he would put tariffs on cars or close the border, but he said he may start with the tariffs.

Some congressional Republicans have expressed support for the idea of the President releasing his returns, however.

"We're under audit, despite what people said, and we're working that out as I'm always under audit it seems", President Trump explained.

Rep. Dan Kildee, a Democratic member of the Ways and Means committee, stressed he expects the IRS commissioner to follow the law and fulfil the chairman's request. "The President's action clearly violates the Appropriations Clause by stealing from appropriated funds, an action that was not authorized by constitutional or statutory authority", Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said in a statement. Under the law, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and designated staff are allowed to view the returns but not release them to the public.

Neal said he could not provide a time frame for how the litigation will play out. "Whether or not in the end it will work will be determined I think by the courts".

Rep. Richard Neal of MA, whose committee has jurisdiction over tax laws, issued a statement Wednesday announcing the request, which he has been considering for months.

One other lawmaker empowered to request Trump's tax returns, Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley, asserted that Democrats are seeking Trump's tax returns, not to reform any tax-related law, but to take down the president.

Neal noted that it has only been three months since Democrats took control of the House.

"We didn't ask you", Ocasio-Cortez said.

Mr. Neal's office did not immediately respond to comment.

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