Donald Trump has repeatedly said that he will break with 40 years of tradition and refuse to release his tax returns because he claims he is under an audit.
Trump’s campaign manager confirmed that the returns would not be forthcoming before the election. Even though experts have said that there is nothing about an audit that would prevent someone from releasing their tax information.
But a Newsweek report published Wednesday posits that Trump’s excuse may be even more bogus than previously believed. If Trump is indeed under audit, as he has continually claimed, he should have received a letter from the IRS informing him of the investigation.
Matthew Cooper writes:
To back up the contention that he is being audited, Trump’s campaign earlier this year released a letter from his tax lawyers stating that he was under audit. That leaves the public having to take the word of Trump’s paid legal advocates. There’s a more definitive option: The real estate developer could very easily produce documentation from the Internal Revenue Service stating that he is under audit.
Cooper reports that Trump has so far failed to produce even this audit letter, which would bolster his excuse.
Without Trump’s tax returns, voters are left to take on faith Trump’s claims about his business dealings, his donations to charity, his net worth, and, indeed, whether or not he is even a billionaire at all.
Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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