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Supreme Court Paves the Way for Donald Trump’s Tax Returns to Be Handed Over to Congress

The United States Supreme Court paved the way this week for a Democrat-controlled House committee to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns.

The House Ways and Means Committee chairman, Democrat Richard Neal, first requested the tax returns from the IRS in 2019 while Trump was still in office.

When the IRS refused to turn over the returns, the Ways and Means Committee filed a lawsuit against the IRS, Treasury, and former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The case proceeded through both federal and state courts, with Trump’s legal team repeatedly failing in its efforts to keep the returns hidden from public view.

Last year, a Trump-appointed judge ruled that the IRS was required to release the returns to the House, which the former president’s lawyers fought. The earlier decision was then upheld by a three-judge federal appeals court panel in August.

When the case reached the Supreme Court, the justices — six of whom are conservative, and three of whom were appointed by Trump himself — decided not to intervene, allowing the committee to receive the IRS returns.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Neal lauded the Supreme Court’s decision: “We knew the strength of our case, we stayed the course, followed the advice of counsel, and finally, our case has been affirmed by the highest court in the land. Since the Magna Carta, the principle of oversight has been upheld, and today is no different. This rises above politics, and the Committee will now conduct the oversight that we’ve sought for the last three and a half years.”

Trump, who has claimed that the move to obtain his tax returns is politically motivated, has sought to conceal his tax returns for years, beginning with his refusal to publicly release them while in office, breaking with tradition established by other sitting presidents.

Democrats on the House committee have stated that they want to examine the returns to look into any potential conflicts of interest for a president.

Since Trump’s political rise, some of his tax information has leaked. The New York Times published a series of articles in 2020 analyzing some of Trump’s tax documents, reporting that the self-proclaimed billionaire paid a total of $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, thanks to a nearly $10 million tax credit related to a hotel project in Washington, D.C.

The Times examined 18 years of tax returns for Trump and his businesses dating back to 2000 and discovered that he paid no income taxes in ten of those years. It was, according to the paper it was “largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.”

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