President Donald Trump’s tax returns and his infamous decision to conceal them from the public have been a source of controversy since before his election in 2016. Many have speculated that Trump is avoiding releasing his returns because they’d give insight to problematic, perhaps even criminal dealings.
Trump’s rather consistent excuse for the past two and a half years has been that he’s under audit and must release them after that audit is complete. Many have pointed out that audits don’t hinder the process of releasing tax returns.
Maybe Trump will believe that now that Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig had to answer the question directly for a House Appropriations Committee panel, which requested that Rettig release Trump’s returns to them last week.
Rettig’s answer as to whether or not tax returns can be released while under audit is pretty straightforward.
Rep. Bishop: "If anybody's tax return is under audit, is there a rule that would prohibit that taxpayer from releasing it?"
IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig: "I think I've answered that question. No." pic.twitter.com/ZuPHBqhE3h
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 10, 2019
In responding to Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Rettig replied:
“I think I’ve answered that question. No.”
While Rettig hesitated to get into specifics regarding the President, he conceded that audits do not prohibit a person from releasing their tax returns.
People were excited to let Trump know.
But can you please say it loud enough for old man @realDonaldTrump to hear you.
— Kathy Fox (@kayfgee09) April 10, 2019
Let’s see those TAX RETURNS!!
— Ed (@EdArnott1) April 10, 2019
I’m confused. Our president says the opposite…and he never lies. Right?
— Shugar (@GregShugar) April 10, 2019