Donald Trump files for extension to try to keep his tax returns away from Robert Mueller. It won’t work.

Donald Trump has filed for an extension when it comes to filing his 2016 tax returns. Although the filing deadline was in April, news of Trump’s extension filing just broke this evening. Officially, it means he now has until mid October to file. Unofficially, there is only one plausible reason for Trump to have asked for the extension: he doesn’t want Special Counsel Robert Mueller to be able to get his hands on those returns in the mean time.

From an accounting standpoint, there’s no reason for this delay. From his leaked 1995 returns, we know that in the years where Trump is short on money, he simply plays accounting games so he doesn’t have to pay any taxes. So even if he is currently broke, as is widely suspected, this can’t be about trying to buy time to come up with the money to pay his tab. Nor is it realistic to believe that he simply couldn’t pull his filings together in time, considering it’s handled entirely by his accountants.

And yet nonetheless, here comes the news that Trump has filed for a 2016 extension (source: ABC News). Despite popular misconception, a sitting president’s tax returns are not automatically released to the public. Instead it’s merely a customary thing that’s always been done, and Trump doesn’t have to do it (source: taxhistory.org). But as we previously reported, Special Counsel Robert Mueller can seize Trump’s tax returns any time he likes (source: Palmer Report), and Trump wouldn’t even necessarily know it’s happening.

So this is rather clearly an attempt on Trump’s part at preventing Mueller from getting his hands on those 2016 tax returns. But this won’t stop Mueller from being able to access Trump’s returns from 2015 and earlier. And for that matter, Mueller can seize financial records and piece together Trump’s would-be 2016 return on his own. If anything, this stunt by Trump may backfire by prompting Mueller to go ahead and seize Trump’s previous years to determine what Trump is trying to hide.


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10 Comments

  1. EmmaLib on June 3, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Bill, I was hoping you would write the following, “But this won’t stop Mueller from being able to access Trump’s returns from 2015 and earlier. And for that matter, Mueller can seize financial records and piece together Trump’s would-be 2016 return on his own.”

    That put a big smile on my face!

    Thanks you.

    • OrneryJoe on June 4, 2017 at 12:22 am

      Hi, are you the same EmmaLib who posts on Rawstory? If so, I’m happy to see you here, reading Palmer Report. I also appreciate Bill’s comment you’ve quoted, as well as his statement, “But as we previously reported, Special Counsel Robert Mueller can seize Trump’s tax returns any time he likes (source: Palmer Report), and Trump wouldn’t even necessarily know it’s happening.”

      I had another thought regarding this topic (the release of Trump’s tax returns) within the context of Trump invoking executive privilege to prevent James Comey from testifying (temporarily that is, at least by tying his testimony up as the courts sort it out). Should Trump attempt this delaying tactic, I would not be the be the least bit surprised to see his tax returns leaked out to the media rather soon, as I’ve a feeling someone in the Intelligence Community might already be sitting on those returns…and just waiting for the slightest excuse to leak them out to the world. I don’t think it is a very big secret that there is no love lost between the IC (including the FBI, CIA and the Justice Department) and Hair Trump, and I don’t believe they would care much for Trump trying to gag Comey this coming week.

      Anyways, I’m feeling a big smile on my face, too!

      I also echo EmmaLib’s sentiments and gratitude for you, too, Bill. Whether it always seems so or not, you ARE making a difference, so, please, keep up the good fight!

      • EmmaLib on June 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

        Yes Joe, the same EmmaLib as on RS, and a dozen other sites or more. I too love Bill’s reporting. He’s right more often than wrong and has the same devious mindset as I and many others do. 🙂 Where there’s smoke there’s fire. Right now however the smoke is so thick, it’s hard to find the fire and where it began. Is it money laundering, or pure treason? What do the Russians have that would cause Donnie to do as they instruct? I suspect it is tapes, recordings of Donnie, Jared, and others, all discussing how to make him President with Putin and other Russians. Donnie hates more than anything for people to believe that he could not be elected all by himself. That he had to cheat in order to win, would devastate him and that he had to commit TREASON in order to do so. A good portion of the Trump MOB will soon be wearing orange behind steel bars.
        Thanks for replying!
        And Bill keep the reporting flowing.

      • Luc Tremont on June 4, 2017 at 5:22 pm

        If the IC has Trump’s tax returns, why haven’t they released them? They’d surely damage him political, perhaps mortally so. The Mueller investigation is going to take years to conclude, and the IC didn’t want to wait that long.

  2. Harriet Soto on June 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    MAYBE THIS IS JUST ANOTHER YEAR THAT HE DOESN’T PAY TAXES..BUT HE WANTS TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. PAY YOUR TAXES YOU IDIOT!

  3. Claudia on June 3, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    It just hit me! When in his speech mentioning tax reform, this was on his mind, and
    In thought processing, came out as reform?
    Naw he isn’t scared!

  4. Pat Bandy on June 3, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Tax Returns, please. If nothing to hide, shouldn’t be an issue,Right?

  5. gwats1957 on June 3, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Maybe this is the thing that finally takes him down… Worked for Al Capone….

  6. Andrew Cummings on June 4, 2017 at 9:36 am

    He knows he is dirty and will do everything he can to hide his returns, but he has not created the means through which they can and will be seized and will be filtered along with some interesting audio and maybe video tapes. Doing everything he can to keep Russian´s happy looking to reduce first level of Obama´s sanctions imposed after the hacking.

  7. TAllen on June 5, 2017 at 10:44 am

    It’s not what is included in his tax forms, it’s what’s missing!

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