REPORT: House Tax Committee’s Oversight Panel to Start Hearings on Donald Trump’s Tax Returns on February 7

Go get ’em.

At the time, Trump’s excuse was that he was under audit, though the IRS said one has nothing to do with the other.

People are demanding change.

Trump’s string of bankruptcies in the 1980s and 1990s, which was followed by a period of cash influxes from foreign interests such as Russia and entities like Deutsche Bank, add to the speculation that Trump is hiding something.

The public’s interest in Trump’s tax returns was rekindled last October in the wake of a bombshell New York Times report – their longest ever – which outlined decades of financial fraud and tax evasion by Trump, his businesses, and his family.

Trump “received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s,” the Times found.

Next week’s hearing will also include legislation to make it mandatory for presidential candidates to release 10 years of tax returns to the public within 15 days of winning their party’s nomination.

Shortly before Trump’s inauguration, Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the Presidential Tax Transparency Act to do just that. Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) was one of the dozens of co-sponsors.

“Before 2016, presidential candidates routinely disclosed their tax returns,” Pascrell and Eshoo said in a statement. “Donald Trump refused to clear that low bar, and as a result, the American people remain in the dark about the extent of his financial entanglements and potential conflicts of interest.”

Eshoo’s proposal has companion legislation in the Senate put forth by Ron Wyden (D-OR).

Similar bills have been proposed in at least 25 states.

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