Recently, the New York Times published a story bashing Donald Trump’s time as a businessman. In the story, it is said that the New York Times “obtained” 10 years of President Trump’s tax information.

More specifically, the NYT said, “the data — printouts from Mr. Trump’s official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax form, the 1040, for the years 1985 to 1994.”

According to the New York Times, “The numbers show that in 1985, Mr. Trump reported losses of $46.1 million from his core businesses — largely casinos, hotels and retail space in apartment buildings. They continued to lose money every year, totaling $1.17 billion in losses for the decade.”

The New York Times cited a statement by Charles J. Harder, a lawyer for the President.  Harder said that the information was “demonstrably false,” and added that the document’s statements “about the president’s tax returns and business from 30 years ago are highly inaccurate.”

He added that, “I.R.S. transcripts, particularly before the days of electronic filing, are notoriously inaccurate.”

Despite these statements, the Times uses this information to attack Trump’s reputation as a businessman. The article starts by saying, “‘Trump: The Art of the Deal’ hit bookstores in 1987, Donald J. Trump was already in deep financial distress, losing tens of millions of dollars on troubled business deals, according to previously unrevealed figures from his federal income tax returns.”

Whether or not Donald Trump actually lost money during these years is debatable, however, because of the Regan era tax codes – such as the Accelerated Cost Recovery System. The ACRS sheltered investors with revenue generating properties, and attempted to protect them from losses by offering tax deductions to make up for lost money on depreciating properties.

Being the businessman that he is, it is plausible that Donald Trump would stand to gain more from tax deductions by losing money than the actual amount of money lost. The Times even explained in the article, “Over all, Mr. Trump lost so much money that he was able to avoid paying income taxes for eight of the 10 years.”

Charlie Kirk, founder and CEO of Turning Point USA, thinks that the fact that the New York Times was able to acquire Trump’s tax information violated the “Right to confidentiality” in the IRS taxpayer bill of rights.

Kirk commented on the importance of tax confidentiality in a tweet, saying, “Taxpayers have the right to expect that any information they provide to the IRS will not be disclosed unless authorized by the taxpayer or by law.”

The New York Times could not have obtained the information without a source inside of the IRS who leaked them the information.

Charlie Kirk went on to post another tweet, questioning why the Times didn’t turn in the leaker of President Donald Trump’s documents:

Kirk asked who was responsible for leaking the information, saying “Who leaked the misleading Trump tax information to the NYT? Why did they publish it? Why didn’t they report the leaker to authorities?”

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights clearly states, “Taxpayers have the right to expect that any information they provide to the IRS will not be disclosed unless authorized by the taxpayer or by law. Taxpayers have the right to expect appropriate action will be taken against employees, return preparers, and others who wrongfully use or disclose taxpayer return information.”

In a third tweet, Kirk says he has a donor willing to give a $25,000 reward “to any info that leads to the arrest and prosecution to the IRS agent who ILLEGALLY leaked Trump’s tax info”

“This is an attack on the rule of law and basic ethics

We must hold our OWN GOVERNMENT accountable”

It is possible that the New York Times obtained this information or document(s) illegally, and that it was leaked to them by a member of the IRS.

The whistleblower within the IRS appears to have violated the rights of President Donald Trump as a taxpayer. No news has been published yet of identification; it can be presumed that the person still works within the IRS.

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