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Trump tax returns must be handed to Congress

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 31st July, 2021 05:42:58 PM
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Trump tax returns must be handed to Congress

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The US justice department has ordered the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to hand over former US President Donald Trump's tax returns to Congress.

The move reverses a 2019 finding that the request from the House Ways and Means Committee was "disingenuous".

The decision appears to end a long legal battle over the records, and is seen as a sharp legal blow to Trump.

Although not required by law, every US president since 1976 - except Trump - has released their tax returns, BBC reported.

Trump is yet to publicly comment on the latest developments, although he still has ways to try to fight the ruling in court.

In February, Trump was ordered by the US Supreme Court to hand over his tax returns and other financial records to prosecutors in New York.

The decision was a blow to Trump, who had been in a legal battle to protect his records from a grand jury.

He has continuously denied any wrongdoing and has called the investigation into his tax affairs a "witch hunt".

Republicans on Capitol Hill denounced the decision, describing it as politically motivated.