Hey Donald, About the Tales You’ve Been Telling About Your Tax Returns…

Dear Mr. Trump,

Are you lying to us about your tax returns?

In January, you said you weren’t going to release your tax returns because they weren’t done:

“We’re working on that now. I have big returns, as you know, and I have everything all approved and very beautiful and we’ll be working that over in the next period of time.”

In response to questions about your net worth being the reason you’ve failed to release your returns, you tweeted this:

During Thursday’s debate you explained that you couldn’t release them because you’re being audited:

“I want to [release them], except for many years, I’ve been audited every year. Twelve years, or something like that. Every year they audit me, audit me, audit me. Nobody gets audited — I have friends that are very wealthy people. They never get audited. I get audited every year. I will absolutely give my return, but I’m being audited now for two or three years, so I can’t do it until the audit is finished, obviously. And I think people would understand that.”

And then on Friday you’ve conjectured this about why you’re the subject of so much IRS attention:

“One problem I have is that I’m always audited by the IRS. Which I think is unfair. I don’t know, maybe because of religion, because of something else, maybe because I’m doing this (running for President) – although this is just recently. Well, maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian and I feel strongly about it, maybe there’s a bias…”

First of all, which is it? Are they done or is it the IRS audit that’s keeping you from releasing them?

If it’s the IRS audit, then you’ve got some explaining to do. The IRS released a statement on Friday that directly countered your assertion:

“Federal privacy rules prohibit the IRS from discussing individual tax matters. Nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information.”

Secondly, regarding tax returns not having net worth information, are you asserting that despite there isn’t a single balance sheet included in any forms you’ve filed. Since every corporate return requires them, this is very hard to believe. Especially given the stack of documents you’ve complained about having to sign:

Next, your assertion that you’ve been audited over so many consecutive years is odd, as well. A former IRS agent said this to Bloomberg:

“If the IRS examines your tax return and finds no issues they will not audit your return again for two years. If returns are properly prepared, the IRS typically goes away.”

Lastly, suggesting that you’ve undergone additional scrutiny due to your “strong Christian” feelings strains also credulity. Although IRS treatment of conservative political  groups has certainly been an issue under the Obama regime, being subject to audits due to faith in Jesus is a new one. Furthermore, the IRS also addressed this issue in their statement as well:

“Politics and religion do not factor into this. The audit process is handled by career, non-partisan civil servants, and we have processes in place to safeguard the exam process.”

Mr. Trump, you’ve spent a lot of time recently using the word “liar” during speeches and debates, perhaps take some advice from someone you claim to know quite well. According to the gospel of Matthew, Jesus said this:

“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

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1 Comment on "Hey Donald, About the Tales You’ve Been Telling About Your Tax Returns…"

  1. Dollars to donuts, Trump’s tax returns show zero amount owed. He owes more than he is worth but pole believe he is rich! Ha!

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