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House committee formally requests 6 years of Trump's tax returns from IRS

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) sent the Internal Revenue Service a letter on Wednesday, formally requesting six years of President Trump's tax returns.

Neal is asking for Trump's personal tax returns from 2013 to 2018, and the tax returns for eight of Trump's businesses, including the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust and DJT Holdings LLC, by April 10, CNN reports. Under IRS code 6103, the Joint Committee on Taxation and chairs of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee have the authority to request the tax returns of individuals.

Trump has so far refused to release his tax returns, and in his letter, Neal said the committee needs to see them in order to consider legislation connected to the IRS practice of auditing sitting presidents. Neal told CNN in a statement that this is about "policy, not politics. My preparations were made on my own track and timeline, entirely independent of other activities in Congress and the administration."