The IRS has not completed a single audit in Donald Trump’s four years in office, but President Biden has had two.
The IRS has audited President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden’s federal income taxes over the past two years, and one of those audits required the first couple to pay slightly more than they originally owed payment.
White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told CBS News, “Routine audits take place during two years of this administration. For the 2020 tax year, the IRS determined that the president and first lady should receive an additional federal income tax refund. For the 2021 tax year, we found they still owed $13, which would have been forgiven under IRS policy, but they chose to pay.”
While the IRS was able to conduct an audit of the Bidens, it failed to complete any audits of former President Donald Trump’s four years in office.
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The IRS did not audit Trump at all during his first two years in office. Trump wasn’t audited until the House Ways and Means Committee began asking questions about the mandatory presidential audit process and Donald Trump’s tax returns.
The federal government is huge, but it can also easily bend to the whims of those who occupy the Oval Office. Donald Trump was able to get the IRS to break the law instead of conducting a legally required audit of his tax returns.
Electing someone of character to the presidency is important because when someone like Donald Trump gains power, they use it to violate norms and laws.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a congressional correspondent for the White House Press Fellowship and PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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