Daniel Hemel on Why the Shortest Path to Trump’s Tax Returns Runs Through Albany

How Democrats in Congress Could Easily—and Quickly—Get Their Hands on Trump’s Taxes

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney confidently declared this weekend that congressional Democrats will “never” see President Donald Trump’s tax returns. House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal, who formally requested those returns last week, has predicted a “long and grinding” court battle before his committee can obtain Trump’s tax filings. Both men may be underestimating the speed with which House members can get their hands on Trump’s tax information. It need not take years—or even months. Indeed, with a little help from Trump’s home state, his tax filings could be in the Ways and Means Committee’s possession within a matter of days.

As Frank Sinatra famously crooned, “It’s up to you, New York, New York.”

Trump, as a lifelong Big Apple resident with business interests across the state, has been filing state income tax returns in New York for years. Those state income tax returns reveal much of the same information as his federal returns, and Trump also must submit various federal tax forms as attachments to his state tax filings. As a result, New York now possesses a trove of tax information relating to the president, his businesses, and his family trusts.

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