Monday, October 3, 2016

Here is Why The New York Times Did Not Break the Law in Releasing Trump’s Tax Returns

In case you missed it: The NYT released Donald Trumps 1965 Tax returns and they weren't very flattering. Sunday, his allies tried their best at spin and Disaster control.

Below is Erick Erickson's take on the claim by some that the NYT may have broken the law by releasing the returns:

The New York Times has released Donald Trump’s 1995 tax returns and some people are pointing to this Washington Post piece as proof that the Times broke the law.
But a careful reading of the law shows that the Times did not break the law.
The relevant section, cited by the Washington Post, is 26 USC § 7213(a)(3), which reads:
"It shall be unlawful for any person to whom any return or return information (as defined in section 6103(b)) is disclosed in a manner unauthorized by this title thereafter willfully to print or publish in any manner not provided by law any such return or return information. Any violation of this paragraph shall be a felony punishable by a fine in any amount not exceeding $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution."
Let’s break this down.
Read the rest from Erickson HERE.

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