USA. The Supreme Court has rejected Donald Trump’s request for Congressional access to his tax returns
Former US President Donald Trump’s request to block the House Finance Committee’s access to his and his companies’ tax returns has been rejected by the US Supreme Court. This is the end of the legal battle that has been going on since 2019.
Supreme Court replied negatively to the request Donald Trumpto overturn decisions by lower courts to allow Congress access to documents. This means the US IRS may soon release six years of tax information from the former president and some of his companies.
The Commission started applying for the documents of the former president at the beginning of 2019, justifying it with the need to create future regulations, e.g. concerning conflicts of interest of incumbent presidents and improving audits. Trump’s lawyers argued that the Democrats intended to use the information for political purposes to discredit him. Subsequent courts have agreed with Congress, claiming that it has the right and interest in obtaining the documents.
The court’s decision does not give Congress much time to use the documents, because in January control of the House, including the committee, will be taken over by the Republicans.
The former president’s tax returns have been the subject of controversy for years, including due to the fact that, unlike his predecessors, Trump refused to publish his documents. In 2020, some of them were revealed by the “New York Times”. They showed, among others, that in 11 of the 18 years taken into account, Trump did not pay a cent of federal income tax, showing large losses.
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