Trump Requests Extension On Filing 2017 Tax Return
While many adults are scurrying around in an attempt to file their taxes before the deadline, it seems that President Trump found a way around the system. The Commander-In-Chief has reportedly filed for an extension for his 2017 tax return, the White House announced on Apr. 17.
“The president filed an extension for his 2017 tax return, as do many Americans with complex returns,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
Tax Day is typically on Apr. 15, although some tardy Americans manage to still be on time if done within the month. But according to the official statement, Trump won’t even be filing them this spring. Instead, he will reportedly file by Oct. 15, which is the deadline set by the IRS for taxpayers who ask for extensions.
This wouldn’t be the first time the president caused controversy surrounding his tax return. During his presidential run, Trump argued that he couldn’t release his taxes because he was under audit, although there is reportedly no law that bans people from releasing their returns during an audit, NPR reports. Even after the election, he avoided releasing the returns, saying that the American people didn’t actually have an interest in seeing them.
In the past year, details of his previous returns were leaked. The White House later confirmed reports that Trump and his wife, Melania earned nearly $150 million in 2005 and paid $38 million in federal taxes.