DC court dismisses lawsuit seeking Trump's tax returns

A three-judge panel on the federal court of appeals in D.C. denied a non-profit’s attempt to force the IRS to release President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE’s tax returns.

In an unanimous riling, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said not all records can be accessed by the public through a Freedom of Information Act request and affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)’s lawsuit, which sought Trump’s income tax records.


“No one can demand to inspect another’s tax records,” Karen LeCraft Henderson, a George H.W. Bush appointee, said in the court’s majority ruling.

“And the IRC [Internal Revenue Code]’s confidentiality protections extend to the ordinary taxpayer and the President alike.”

The law mandates that tax “returns and return information shall be confidential” unless they fall within one of the statute’s narrowly drawn exceptions.

Through Freedom of Information Act requests, EPIC sought Trump’s individual income tax returns from 2010 on and “any other indications of financial relations with the Russian government or Russian businesses,” according to court documents. 

In declining to provide them, IRS said tax return or return information of a third party cannot be disclosed unless authorized by law or the person’s consent.