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Tiberi Statement Regarding the President’s Tax Returns

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Washington, February 15, 2017 | Olivia Hnat | comments
Section 6103 of the tax code gives very specific oversight authority to the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee to access a taxpayer’s returns to ensure that the tax code is being properly administered—not to look at tax returns of individuals for political reasons.
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Congressman Pat Tiberi released the following statement regarding Section 6103 of the tax code and President Donald Trump’s tax returns:
 
"Section 6103 of the tax code gives very specific oversight authority to the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee to access a taxpayer’s returns to ensure that the tax code is being properly administered—not to look at tax returns of individuals for political reasons. Using this authority in a political manner, as requested on February 14, would have set a dangerous precedent that the Ways and Means Committee will access the tax returns of any American for any reason. This would create a very slippery slope which could weaken or destroy the privacy and confidentiality protections given to all taxpayers. The Ways and Means Committee has never been in the business of targeting the returns of single individuals, and it should not start now.
 
"Regarding President Donald Trump’s tax returns, he has said repeatedly that he will release them, and I encourage him to do so."

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