Trump has continuously refused to follow the precedent set by every American Presidential candidate before him by publicly releasing his tax returns, which has made it difficult to assess and understand the full extent of his income, charitable giving, foreign holdings, business relationships, potential conflicts of interest, and more.
2015.08.02 Donald Trump: "I pay as little as possible" in taxes. cbsnews.com (See also 2016 Campaign) 2016.02.25 In a Republican primary debate, Trump falsely claims he cannot release his tax returns because they are under audit. politico.com (See also False Statements, 2016 Campaign) 2016.09.16 During presidential debate, Trump says, "I'm 'smart' for paying no taxes." cnn.com 2016.09.26 In a presidential debate, Trump repeats his false claim that he cannot release his tax returns because he is under audit. latimes.com (See also False Statements) 2016.10.01 1995 Tax records suggest Trump could have avoided paying taxes for nearly two decades. nytimes.com 2016.10.09 Trump falsely claims in a presidential debate that investor Warren Buffett took a larger tax deduction than Trump did. politifact.com (See also False Statements) 2016.10.31 Tax experts say Trump may have avoided years of tax payments using legally dubious methods. nytimes.com 2017.01.18 Trump sues small NY town to reduce taxes on $50 million golf course he owns. money.cnn.com 2017.01.22 Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway says Trump won't release tax returns even after IRS audit is complete. cnn.com 2017.01.22 Trump won’t release his tax returns because people don’t care and they voted for him, but 74 percent of Americans want him to do so. washingtonpost.com (See also False Statements, Conflicts of Interest) 2017.02.14 House Republicans block an attempt by Democrats to obtain Trump's tax returns from the IRS so that his financial links to Russia can be examined, among other things. apnews.com (See also Trump Business, Corruption, Trump Relationship with Russia) 2017.03.01 Lindsay Graham says he wants to require all 2020 presidential candidates to release their tax returns, including Trump if he runs for re-election. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Conflicts of Interest) 2017.03.09 Experts: IRS is extremely unlikely to leak Trump's income taxes. nytimes.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Trump Relationship with Russia)