A former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent tells Bloomberg it’s "very unusual" that the tax returns of Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSpicer: Media coverage of Trump has not been fair Kasich finds it hard to rule out 2020 Pelosi: Dems have 'walked the walk' but haven't 'talked the talk' MORE have been audited for 12 years.
Alan Olsen, who is now the managing partner of a California accounting firm called Greenstein Rogoff Olsen & Co., said the IRS typically spaces out audits when no problems are found.
At Thursday’s debate, Trump suggested that he hasn’t released his tax returns yet because he is being audited.
“For many years, I’ve been audited every year. Twelve years or something like that,” he said.
After the debate, Trump said the IRS may be targeting him because he is a Christian.
Trump has faced increased pressure to release his tax returns in recent days. Mitt Romney, who faced similar attacks during his GOP presidential run in 2012, has suggested there might be a "bombshell" in the documents.
Romney tweeted during the debate that there’s no legitimate reason why Trump can’t release returns while under audit.