Rep. Richard Neal. Photo by U.S. Congress.

House Ways and Means Sues IRS & Treasury Department to Obtain Trump’s Tax Returns

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On Tuesday the House Ways and Means Committee announced that they have filed a compliant in federal court to obtain six years with of President Trump’s tax returns.

The complaint comes after the IRS and Treasury Department have failed to provide the requested six years worth of tax returns and return information to the committee.

As Snip Bytes reported the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Richard Neal (D-MA) hand delivered the request to the IRS on April 3rd, citing the Committee Chairman’s power under IRS code 6103 (f), which grants the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the authority to review any requested tax returns and return information.

Title 26 IRS Code 6103 (f)
Disclosure to Committees of Congress (1) Committee on Ways and Means, Committee on Finance, and Joint Committee on Taxation Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request, except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.

IRS Code 6103 (f) via Gov.info.gov.

The IRS, through Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declined to provide the committee with President Trump’s tax returns and return information, in response the Committee issued subpoenas on May 13th, as the committees statement notes. Both the IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig and Mnuchin failed to comply with the Congressional subpoenas.

Neal said in a statement regarding the complaint, “Despite its mandatory obligation, the Treasury Department failed to comply with the law and denied the Committee’s request. The Administration also refused to comply with the subpoenas I subsequently issued in an effort to obtain the materials. Due to that noncompliance, the Committee is now pursuing this matter in the federal courts.”