IRS must hand over Trump's tax returns to House committee: appeals court

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On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must hand over former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to a House committee.

According to The Hill, the three-judge panel for the DC Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the House Ways and Means Committee and the Biden administration, ruling unanimously against Trump’s claims that complying with the demand would be unconstitutional and would violate his privacy.

“The 2021 Request seeks information that may inform the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means as to the efficacy of the Presidential Audit Program, and therefore, was made in furtherance of a subject upon which legislation could be had,” wrote Judge David Sentelle in the panel’s opinion.

“Further, the Request did not violate separation of powers principles under any of the potentially applicable tests primarily because the burden on the Executive Branch and the Trump Parties is relatively minor,” he added.

Chairman of the Ways and Means committee Rep. Richard Neal commended the ruling, writing in a statement, “With great patience, we followed the judicial process, and yet again, our position has been affirmed by the Courts. I’m pleased that this long-anticipated opinion makes clear the law is on our side. When we receive the returns, we will begin our oversight of the IRS’s mandatory presidential audit program.”

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