Ways and Means Requests President Trump’s Taxes

Rep. Richard Neal Official Photo. Photo By US House Office of Photography.

Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), has requested the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide the committee with over six years of Federal returns for President Trump, and his businesses.

In his letter, the Chairman explains that pursuant to his “authority under Internal Revenue Code section 6103(f),” he is requesting the following return and return information for “the tax years 2013 through 2018.”

Ways and Means Chairman Neal

Ways and Means Chairman Neal 

Chairman Neal has given the IRS until April 10th, to provide, “the requested return and return information.”

Asked on Wednesday about the Committees request President Trump, via White House Correspondent for CBS News Mark Knoller, the President again explained he is not inclined to release his tax returns until he is no longer under audit.

For What It’s Worth: The linked provision section that Neal is using states:

  • (f) Disclosure to Committees of Congress (1) Committee on Ways and Means, Committee on Finance, and Joint Committee on Taxation Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request, except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure. (Gov Info.gov)

CNN who was first to report the story explained that Neal and only Neal will be provided the information.

While Democratic chairmen across the Capitol want to see Trump’s tax returns for their own investigations, Neal’s formal request is specific and targeted: an investigation into a program that audits the taxes of sitting presidents. Under 6103, only Neal — not the chairman of other committees– will be provided the information.

CNN

The New York Times is reporting that Neal hand delivered the two page letter, to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig.

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