During the 2016 presidential campaign, when asked to release his tax records, then candidate Trump claimed he could not do so because they were under audit by the IRS. After being elected he could have issued an executive order mandating the release of his tax records. Clearly, he opted not to do so. This failure raises the question of what, if anything, prompted the audit.

Now that the Republican 2017 tax bill has become law, and criticized by many as mostly beneficial to the super wealthy, he should order the release of the records, if for no other reason than for him to establish that the changes could not benefit him in a disproportionate way. Best advice: Do not hold your breath waiting for that to happen.

Stuart Ulanoff

Oro Valley

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.

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