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New York clears way for release of Donald Trump`s state tax returns

President Donald Trump speaks at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown New Jersey on Sunday AP President Donald Trump speaks at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown New Jersey on Sunday
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2019, 15:40

NY state on Monday cleared the way for Democrats in the US Congress to obtain President Donald Trump's state tax returns, raising the possibility of fresh avenues of inquiry for legislators investigating his finances.

Cuomo in a statement after signing the bill into law said, "Tax secrecy is paramount-the exception being for bonafide investigative and law enforcement purposes".

Cuomo signed an amendment to a tax law that would require the NY commissioner of the Department of Taxation and Finance to share state income tax returns and reports when requested by certain congressional committees, including Neal's.

Utilizing the NY law could complicate the battle the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee has already been waging in court to obtain six years of the President's personal and business federal tax returns.

Neal has said he prefers to focus on obtaining Trump's federal tax returns, even though the president's state tax documents, according to the New York Times, "would likely contain much of the same information as the contested federal returns".

Trump, in refusing to release his tax returns as a major-party candidate, bucked decades of tradition.

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The 37 subpoenas seek information from Trump's businesses including the Trump organization, Trump Tower, his hotels in NY and Washington, D.C., and his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida related to a case by 200 Democrats alleging the businesses violate the constitutional ban on gifts or payments from foreign governments.

Buchwald's original version of the bill proposed in 2017 would have made any elected official's state tax return public.

"We don't have jurisdiction over NY taxes", Neal told Bloomberg in June.

"Chairman Richard Neal should immediately request Trump's state tax returns as he is now legally entitled to do", Stand Up America, a progressive group, said in a statement.

The Trump administration contends that Neal's committee, despite its jurisdiction over US tax policy, has no legitimate legislative goal for reviewing Trump's tax returns.

Neal's committee filed a lawsuit on July 2 in one of the latest attempts to get the tax information, asking a judge "to seek relief" from Treasury Department Secretary Steven Mnuchin's and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig's "refusal to produce tax return information concerning President Donald J. Trump in response to the committee's valid oversight requests".