Tax Return Saga

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the House W&M committee to obtain TFG’s tax returns after a long fight. Here is a brief history:

  • Early in 2019, Rep. Neal (D-MA), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, asked the Trump Administration Treasury Department to provide TFG’s tax returns for study as allowed by law.
  • Nothing happened.
  • In July 2019, the House filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce its request.
  • The case was assigned to judge Trevor N. McFadden, a Trump appointee, who delayed ruling.
  • The case was still pending before him in 2021.
  • In December 2021 Judge McFadden ruled that the committee had a legal right to the records.
  • However, Judge McFadden blocked the Treasury Department from providing the records until the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reviewed his decision.
  • In August 2022, a three-judge appeals court panel upheld Judge McFadden’s decision.
  • In October 2022, the full appeals court upheld the decision.
  • On Nov. 22, 2022, the Supreme Court refused block the release of the records.
  • The committee has yet to get the records.

As a result of the delays, the W&M Committee will have little time to act on the information before the GOP takes control of the Committee.


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3 Responses to Tax Return Saga

  1. annieasksyou says:

    True, William. But they do have the right to publish them in the Congressional Record. I’m hoping Madam Speaker, who has done marvels in previous lame duck sessions, will end her magnificent career with this maneuver for democratic transparency.

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  2. whungerford says:

    I hope to learn the extent of tax avoidance by the wealthy and see something done to curb it.


  3. annieasksyou says:

    We’ve had a good start with Biden’s success in getting more IRS agents on the job; now we have to hope that step forward isn’t battered by the awful House Republicans who are depicting armed agents storming people’s homes.

    Liked by 1 person

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