Crime For The Opposition
An invitation to a felony:
According to the IRS Internal Revenue Manual, the “unauthorized release” of a tax return is a felony punishable by a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison.Who wants to go to jail for the mainstream media?
Leakers would also face professional sanctions, including termination of employment.
Trump has not released his tax returns, claiming they are under audit.
The president talked about releasing his tax returns during the 2016 campaign but never did.
In October, the Times published portions of Trump’s tax returns from his 1995 state tax records. The documents showed that he claimed a $916 million loss.
An anonymous tipster sent the Times the records, which set off an ethical and legal debate about their publication.