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Federal court can't force IRS to release Trump's tax returns
The Hill ^ | August 18, 2017 | Megan R. Wilson

Posted on 08/18/2017 1:11:30 PM PDT by jazusamo

A federal judge on Friday said that the court could not compel the IRS to turn over President Trump’s tax returns.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) launched a suit against the IRS earlier this year after the agency refused to hand over the documents as part of an open-records request.

Through the Freedom of Information Act, EPIC had sought Trump’s personal tax returns from 2010 to the present day and any documents that may reveal financial relationships with the Russian government or Russian businesses.

However, personal tax forms are confidential. They can only be obtained if Trump himself gave the IRS permission to reveal the returns or if Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation signed off to allow the disclosure.

“What [EPIC] wants in this case is to peer into another person’s income-tax records. Although the Court has no reason to doubt EPIC’s assertion that the return information on this particular individual — President Trump — would be of interest to the public, that fact does not give the organization a viable legal case,” wrote U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, in granting the government’s motion for a dismissal.

The fact that the tax returns belong to the president “does not alter the outcome here,” the judge wrote.

The issue of Trump’s taxes has been ongoing since the presidential race.

Though not required, candidates in modern history made it a practice to release them, giving a window into their personal and professional lives.

Prior to running for president, Trump said he would definitely release them.

However, that began to shift during the campaign: At first he said that he couldn’t release them because he was under audit by the IRS — and would do so once the audit was complete — and then pivoted to say that he wouldn’t be releasing them at all. The IRS has said an audit does not prevent an individual from releasing personal tax documents.

During an interview with The Economist earlier this year, he told the publication that he might consider disclosing the returns after he leaves the White House.

“Nobody cares about my tax return except for the reporters. Oh, at some point, I’ll release them. Maybe I’ll release them after I’m finished because I’m very proud of them, actually. I did a good job,” he said in May.

There are multiple lawsuits pending that mention wanting Trump’s personal tax returns. Some, such as one filed by watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, argue that ties to foreign businesses violate the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause.

If any of the cases succeed in obtaining the tax returns, it is unclear if the documents would be allowed to be made public.

TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: epic; irs; taxreturn; trump; trumptaxes
Good, another sane federal judge.
1 posted on 08/18/2017 1:11:30 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

“Electronic Privacy Information Center” suing to make personal information public. George Orwell would be proud of their ironic name.

2 posted on 08/18/2017 1:14:35 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: jazusamo

We still haven’t seen Obongo’s college records or Kerry’s service records or Clintons health records.

3 posted on 08/18/2017 1:15:29 PM PDT by gibsonguy
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4 posted on 08/18/2017 1:17:41 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: jazusamo

Mueller already has them. Former prosector from office taking on firtash outlined why he thinks it is so and how it works

5 posted on 08/18/2017 1:24:23 PM PDT by RummyChick (can we switch Don,Jr for Prince Kush and his flak jacket. From Yacht Party to Warzone ready to wear.)
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To: jazusamo

I am really surprised nobody inside deep state IRS has leaked them by now. I wonder, maybe nothing in them to hurt Trump?

They leak everything else.

6 posted on 08/18/2017 1:25:07 PM PDT by ColdOne ((I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11~ Best Election Ever! It is offical, we are at war!)
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I would like to see all the private records of the members of EPIC. Who is funding them??
7 posted on 08/18/2017 1:25:37 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob
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I couldn’t agree with you more, I’ve been surprised also.

8 posted on 08/18/2017 1:30:02 PM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic?
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Yep, wouldn’t be at all surprised if they’re funded by leftists.

9 posted on 08/18/2017 1:33:41 PM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic?
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above to donate or become a monthly donor!

10 posted on 08/18/2017 1:39:20 PM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic?
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To: gibsonguy

Frankly, even though they revealed him to be a monumental hypocrite, I wasn’t too crazy about Al Gore’s electric bills being leaked to the press. It proved that a man’s home is no longer sacrosanct, and that smart meters gather WAAAAAY too much information on you.

Even public figures deserve a few private spaces I guess.

11 posted on 08/18/2017 2:16:05 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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