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Thursday, May 09, 2019

Hans von Spakovsky: NY Times publication of Trump tax information violates his legal rights

The New York Times no doubt considers it quite a coup to have obtained and published President Trump’s tax return information from 1985 to 1994. But doing so violated Trump’s right under federal law to the confidentiality of his tax returns.

The Times – which reported that Trump’s businesses lost $1.17 billion during the 10-year period – has no more right to Trump’s tax returns than it has to mine or those of any of you reading these words.

Confidentiality, as the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held in 1991 in U.S. v. Richey, is essential to “maintaining a workable tax system.”

Taxpayer privacy is “fundamental to a tax system that relies on self-reporting” since it protects “sensitive or otherwise personal information,” said then-Judge (now Supreme Court Justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1986 in another case when she served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.



Anonymous said...

Trump WHY won't you arrest them ?

Anonymous said...

Was denied access to the whole article. I say shut the New York Times down.

SbyNews_Staff said...

Copy and paste the link at the bottom. Some have problems when they click on "MORE". It only happens when it is an article for Fox News.

Anonymous said...

The Supreme Court (including Ruth Bader Ginsberg) has ruled that privacy and confidentiality is essential to our system of voluntary payment of taxes. If we can't trust IRS to keep our affairs private then nobody would be willing to send our information into the government each year.

Anonymous said...

Sue them and all involve for violation of these decisions for $1.17billion each and double this figure on the New York Times if they do not reveal how they got it and from who.