The Battle Surrounding the President’s Tax Returns

Do you think Trump’s tax return will ever be released? He has been fighting this battle for years.

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The debate surrounding President Trump’s tax returns feels like a never-ending one, and with the Democrats formally requesting them to be released, it’s a battle that can stretch out for months or even years as the administration will not go down without a fight.

It’s a hill that “people would be willing to die on” according to one official because they claim that the Democrats have no “constitutional authority” to make such a request, and the sole focus behind such an appeal is to find everything and anything to bring President Donald Trump down.

But, the Democrats state that it is within their constitutional law to ask for the President’s tax returns.

“The law is very clear,” Nancy Pelosi said during her own news conference recently. “The law says that upon written request from the chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means or the chairman of (Senate) Finance or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation … the Secretary shall furnish, shall — not may, should, could — shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request.”

She is referring to the little-known IRS code 6103 that gives Joint Committee on Taxation, the House Ways and Means chairman and the Senate Finance Committee chairman the authority to request the tax information of an individual. Thus, it was House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal who acted and asked for Trump’s tax returns from 2013-2018.

“I am certain we are within our legitimate legislative, legal and oversight rights,” Neal said in his statement. Regardless, the President has no intention of sharing his numbers.

“Now, we’re under audit, despite what people said. We’re working that out as — I’m always under audit it seems. But I’ve been under audit because the numbers are big and I guess when you have a name you’re audited. But until such time as I’m not under audit I would not be inclined to do that,” he added during a White House meeting with military leaders.

Trump’s attorney Will Consovoy claims, “tax returns of a President are subject to mandatory examination, but this practice is IRS policy and not codified in the Federal tax laws.”

Therefore, the Republican party argues it would be inappropriate if the President were forced to adhere to the demand because they believe “weaponizing” the IRS would set a dangerous precedent.

“Civil liberties and privacy still matters in America. No party in any Congress should have the authority to rummage around in your tax returns purely for political reasons and if they can do that to the President, what stops them from doing that to any political enemy,” Rep. Kevin Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, said.

“Congress has no constitutional authority to act like a junior-varsity IRS, rerunning individual examinations or flyspecking the agency’s calculations,” Consovoy wrote in a letter addressed to the Treasury Department’s general counsel, Brent McIntosh.

It’s a battle that is expected to rage on for a while with no end in sight. You can read more about it on CNN.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Do you think Trump’s tax return will ever be released? He has been fighting this battle for years.

Totals
6% It will happen
94% Never
Males
9% It will happen
91% Never
Females
5% It will happen
95% Never

It will happen

Never


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