Fighting Confusion and Complacency to Keep the IRS Accountable

It seems like a simple idea – the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows any interested citizen to request documents from the people and agencies who exercise power over them. Elected officials have called it “our nation’s premiere transparency law” and one which serves a “crucial need … for open […]

Transparent Procedures about the President’s Tax Returns

As we explained earlier this week, post-Watergate reforms to the Internal Revenue Code declared taxpayer’s tax returns and related information confidential.  Disclosure of confidential taxpayer information is the exception and is prohibited except for enumerated, limited purposes and situations that are “authorized by statute.”  Even when disclosure is statutorily authorized, […]

The Press and the President’s Tax Returns

All this month The Atlantic, along with many other publications, reported that the House Ways and Means Committee took up a request by one of its Democratic members to obtain President Trump’s tax returns by invoking a venerable provision of the federal Tax Code. In the time since Congressman Bill […]

Report Reveals How White House Evaded Checks, Likely Accessed Confidential Taxpayer Information

Washington, D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) today released a comprehensive investigative report, Presidential Access to Taxpayer Information. The report covers in detail recent IRS misuse and unauthorized release of confidential taxpayer information and the possible role of a detailee program in the Office of the White House […]