The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking to audit the president’s tax returns in the wake of his controversial comments that he could not afford to pay taxes on $916 million of income from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The White House is claiming that this is just a routine audit, but many Republicans and Democrats have raised concerns that the IRS is targeting conservative political groups because of their conservative views.
A few years ago, a House Oversight Committee voted to hold the IRS in contempt over the “charitable” tax-exempt status of the Trump Organization.
But since then, there has been no criminal charges against the agency, and the IRS has been operating without any public accountability.
Since Trump was elected president in 2016, the IRS and Trump have fought over what the IRS should do to address the issue of tax fraud.
The IRS has said it will continue to audit Trump’s returns and have also said that it will make sure the President pays his federal taxes on time.
It has also said it is not trying to influence Trump’s political future, as some critics of the IRS have claimed.
The administration has also made it clear that it wants to avoid a political fallout from a tax audit, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying last month that it would be better if the investigation was handled by outside law enforcement agencies rather than the IRS.
“I don’t know if it’s appropriate to speculate about the motivations of the investigation, but we do know that the President is committed to ensuring that he pays his fair share of taxes, and he has the legal authority to do that,” Sessions said in response to a question.
“So that’s a really good place to start.”
On Thursday, Trump said he was “not even going to discuss the matter” with the IRS, adding that he had already paid his taxes on his time in office.
He said he will keep paying them until they are paid.