Donald Trump given a new deadline for releasing tax returns by senior Democrat
A senior Democrat has given a new deadline to Donald Trump for his tax returns to be released, after previous requests were refused by the White House.
The chairman of the US House Ways and Means Committee, Richard Neal, has requested the last six years of the president’s personal and business tax returns by 23rd April.
Neal, a Democrat from Massachusetts, is the only member of the House of Representatives who is permitted to request taxpayer data from the treasury. But the White House has refused to comply and provide the information requested.
This is not the first time that Mr Neal has attempted to pressure the president and the Internal Revenue Service into releasing the tax return details.
He previously had set a 13th April deadline, to which the Internal Revenue Service and Trump refused to comply.
Neal will consider a lack of complying with the deadline as a denial of his request.
President Trump refused to release his tax returns on the campaign trail and throughout his presidency and defied the previous precedent set by the presidential candidates and elected officials.
Trump claims that his reason for refusing to release the returns is that he is under IRS audit, but it is a common belief among American democrats that there are conflicts of interest between the Trump presidency and Trump’s global business empire.