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For Immediate Release

ATF Statement On Lawsuit For Trump's Tax Returns


Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, released the following statement today on the decision by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal to file a lawsuit to compel the Treasury Department to furnish Donald Trump's personal and business tax returns for the last six years.

"It's unfortunate that the committee has to resort to court action to compel the president to do what every past president for 40 years has done voluntarily. As we pointed out in our report The Case for Congress Obtaining Trump's Tax Returns, which the Ways and Means Committee complaint cited (Pg. 25), the public deserves to know if the president is a serial tax dodger (as we suspect), has compromising financial relationships with public officials or business people in Russia or other foreign countries, or has any other conflicts of interest that could adversely affect the exercise of his official duties, such as legislation he wants Congress to enact into law.

"We commend Chairman Neal for taking this step to obtain Trump's tax returns pursuant to the committee's mandate to oversee that our nation's tax laws are being adhered to by all taxpayers, especially the president, and faithfully executed by the Treasury Department and the IRS."

Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is a diverse campaign of more than 420 national, state and local endorsing organizations united in support of a fair tax system that works for all Americans. It has come together based on the belief that the country needs comprehensive, progressive tax reform that results in greater revenue to meet our growing needs. This requires big corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes, not to live by their own set of rules.

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