The US Department of Justice has ordered the IRS to hand over six years’ worth of tax returns from former President Donald Trump to Congress. This is the culmination of a years-long battle over Trump’s tax documents. That reports AP.
A committee of the House of Representatives has requested the tax returns. Attorneys at the Justice Department said the commission’s chairman “provided sufficient reasons for requesting the former president’s tax information,” and federal law requires “the Treasury Department to submit the information to the commission. ”
The Department of Finance has announced that it will comply with the order. This is a return to an attitude during Trump’s reign. Then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at the time he would not hand over Trump’s tax records because, he said, Democrats in the House of Representatives requested them for partisan reasons.
The commission took legal action to obtain the tax returns. Federal law requires the U.S. IRS to hand over any taxpayer’s returns to certain high-profile members of Congress. The commission wanted to see the tax documents to investigate whether Trump as a businessman violated tax laws.
During the Trump presidency, the Justice Department defended Mnuchin’s refusal to cooperate. Trump also vehemently opposed submitting his tax returns to Congress. In 2016, he became the first major-party presidential candidate since the 1970s to refuse to release his tax returns.