Why Donald Trump will never release his tax returns — even if he becomes president

If his returns showed him to be engaged in all kinds of profitable businesses, do you think he'd really hesitate to release them?

Don't expect to ever see Donald Trump's tax returns.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Donald Trump is really rich — or, to put it in his own words, "I'm really rich." Yet sadly, Americans will be deprived of the experience of beholding the majesty contained within Trump's tax returns. Unlike Hillary Clinton and every other major party nominee in the last few decades, Trump will not be releasing his returns to the public. And not only that, I'm pretty sure he won't release them even if he becomes president of the United States.

As you know if you've been following this issue, Trump has said that he can't release his returns because he's being audited by the IRS. Like many things Trump says, this is utterly bogus: The IRS has stated that he's free to release them if he wants to, and doing so would have no effect on the outcome of the audit, because the IRS already has them. It isn't as though they're going to find out something they didn't already know.

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