Today is Tax Day — that damnable scar on the American calendar.
Nothing good can come from Tax Day. But the marker does bring up an interesting question for one Donald J. Trump, organizational super-genius and businessman dynamo that he is: Where are his tax returns?
On February 25, 2016, at the GOP debate in Houston Trump said: “I will absolutely give my [tax] return, but I’m being audited now for two or three years, so I can’t do it until the audit is finished, obviously.”
Well, is the audit complete? If not, will Trump at least release previous years’ returns?
(The IRS has said that an audit is no impediment to public disclosure of a tax return; Trump’s lawyers may well be advising him to not release the returns for strategy purposes if he is being audited — but he is under no prohibition from releasing them.)
Shouldn’t Republican primary voters not have to wonder if there are any bombshells in a prospective nominee’s tax returns — especially with regards to someone with famously, ahem, opaque business practices — before everything is settled?
I filed my 1040. You filed your 1040. Your sister filed her 1040. Presumably Donald Trump filed his 1040.
The ball is in your court, Donald: Release your tax returns.