WASHINGTON, April 13, China News Agency (CNP) -- The chairman of the House of Representatives Fundraising Committee sent a letter to the National Tax Administration again on April 13, asking him to provide President Trumps personal and corporate tax returns.
In his letter, Richard Neill, the chairman of the fund-raising committee and a Democrat, said that the fund-raising committee had the right to receive tax information from the president. He asked the IRS to deliver the Trump tax form by 5 p.m. on April 23, otherwise it would be considered a refusal of Congressional request.
According to Section 6103 of the U.S. Federal Tax Act, three members of Congress, including the chairman of the House Fundraising Committee, have the right to access any persons tax information if necessary.
Neil sent a letter to the IRS on the 3rd of this month asking him to provide the Trump tax form within a week. U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin wrote to Neil on the 10th that Trumps tax information would not be submitted on the specified date, and the Treasury Department would have to consult with the Justice Department to give a response. In view of the unprecedented requirement, the Ministry of Finance will be fully responsible for the matter rather than the IRS. Mnuchin also said that the request had touched on the constitutional powers of Congress to investigate and supervise.
Democrats said the requirement fully complied with Clause 6103, and the requirement involving clause 6103 had always been the responsibility of the IRS, not the Ministry of Finance, its superior body.
It is reported that Neils request is the first time in 45 years that the House Fundraising Committee has asked the IRS for information on the tax affairs of the incumbent president.
Trump said publicly on the 10th that although he was willing to hand in his tax form, he would not publish his tax form because his tax information is currently being audited.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump also refused to disclose tax information on the grounds of being audited. After last years mid-term elections, Trump again refused to make his tax form public because it was too complicated for the public to understand. He was also the first U.S. president to refuse public tax returns in more than 40 years.
According to U.S. media analysis, if the IRS does not submit Trump tax information on schedule, Neil will probably issue a subpoena, or go to court, when the two sides will start a long legal battle. (end)
Source: Yang Qiang_N6027, Responsible Editor of CNN