Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPentagon update to missile defense doctrine will explore space-base technologies, lasers to counter threats Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOvernight Defense: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown on track to become longest ever | Military begins withdrawing equipment from Syria | Bolton taps new deputy Bolton names replacement for deputy who clashed with first lady The Hill's Morning Report — Groundhog Day: Negotiations implode as shutdown reaches 20 days MORE submitted their 2017 federal income tax returns months after the president  asked the Internal Revenue Service for an extension, CBS News reported Wednesday. 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed in a statement to the outlet that "the President and First Lady filed their taxes on time and as always they are automatically under audit, which the President thinks is extremely unfair.”


CBS noted that the IRS automatically audits tax returns filed by each president, though an audit does not prevent the president from voluntarily releasing his or her tax returns. Every president has released his returns in some form since Richard Nixon.

Trump has drawn immense criticism since the campaign trail for his refusal to release his tax returns publicly. The president has repeatedly claimed his taxes were under audit and therefore could not be made public, though many, including the IRS, have pointed out that he could still voluntarily request his taxes be released.

Earlier this month, a bombshell New York Times report found that Trump engaged in "dubious" tax practices before taking office. The Times reported that Trump engaged in “dubious” tax practices that allowed him to accrue millions of dollars in additional wealth from his father's real estate empire in the 1990s.

Trump declined to comment to the Times, but hours later, the White House put out a statement slamming the paper and calling for an apology, without refuting the details in the story.

Trump later blasted the story as a “very old, boring and often told hit piece,” but stopped short of denying any aspect of the Times's reporting.

The deadline for Trump to file was Monday, CBS reported.