Congress will soon have access to a treasure trove of information about President Trump’s taxes. It just needs to ask New York.
A new state law, which sailed through the New York Legislature and now awaits the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would allow the heads of Congress’s tax-writing committees to request a public official’s state tax returns to aid the committees in a “legitimate” task.
The law does not single out President Trump, but it will permit the House Ways and Means Committee — which has so far been stymied by the Treasury Department in its investigation of Mr. Trump’s taxes — to obtain evidence of his tax reporting practices and the results of I.R.S. audits. When Mr. Cuomo signs the legislation — which he has said he will do — Richard Neal, the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, need only ask Albany for the records.
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