House Democrats have given the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) a new deadline to hand over U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns days after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department would miss the original deadline of April 10.
In a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig sent Saturday by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., Democrats gave a second and final deadline of April 23 for six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns. The lawmakers could go to court to seek the returns if the IRS does not turn them over.
Trump’s tax returns have been a contentious subject since he was a candidate for president. He has claimed that he cannot release his returns because he is under audit by the IRS.
However, in congressional testimony in February, Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen said he’d seen no proof that any audit was under way. And tax experts have said that even if he is under audit, there’s nothing to stop Trump from releasing his returns.
Source: NBC News