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House Democrats Make Big Move on Trump Tax Returns

Committee chairman asks IRS for 6 years of returns
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 4, 2019 2:03 AM CDT
President Trump meets with military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 3, 2019.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – A House committee chairman on Wednesday formally asked the IRS to provide six years of President Trump's personal tax returns and the returns for some of his businesses as Democrats try to shed light on his complex financial dealings and potential conflicts of interest. The request by Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal, who heads the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is the first such demand for a sitting president's tax information in 45 years. The move is likely to set off a huge legal battle between Democrats controlling the House and the Trump administration. Neal made the request in a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, asking for Trump's personal and business returns for 2013 through 2018, the AP reports.

Neal asked for the documents in seven days, setting an April 10 deadline. Trump told reporters Wednesday he "would not be inclined" to provide his tax returns to the committee. The Trump businesses in the new request—part of Trump's global empire of some 500 entities—include the trust he set up to handle all his holdings during his presidency. An IRS spokesman said the agency had no immediate comment on Neal's request. Trump broke with decades of tradition for presidential candidates by refusing to release his income tax filings during his 2016 campaign. He has said he won't release them because he is being audited, even though IRS officials have said taxpayers under audit are free to release their returns. Trump said Wednesday that he is still under audit.

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