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FOIA News: Democrats seek Trump's correspondence with IRS

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Democrats File FOIA Request for Trump's IRS Correspondence

By Michael Cohn, Accounting Today, Aug. 17, 2016

 A Democratic super PAC has come up with a new way to try to get Donald Trump’s tax information: by filing a Freedom of Information Act request with the Internal Revenue Service.

The political action group, the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, filed the FOIA request Monday, seeking all correspondence between Trump and the IRS. It is unclear whether the IRS can release such information, as it has traditionally safeguarded personal tax information according to strict taxpayer privacy laws. In addition, government agencies can take months, if not years, to respond to FOIA requests, and even when the information is released, it can be in partial or redacted form.

Trump has so far refused to release any of his tax returns, claiming they are under “routine audit” by the IRS, and it is unclear whether they will be released before the November election. Last Friday, Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, released their 2015 returns in an effort to pressure Trump (see Clintons Made $10.6 Million, Paid $3.6 Million Tax). Hillary and Bill Clinton noted they have released their tax returns going back to 1977.

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