Connecticut's tax commissioner says an internal review shows no one from the state Department of Revenue Services released part of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's 1995 state income tax filings to the New York Times.
Kevin Sullivan says he instructed staff Monday to check whether anyone illegally disclosed the information. He says the agency's system would allow it to determine whether anybody had attempted to access or had accessed that information.
Sullivan says he's satisfied that there has been "no illegal disclosure by anyone" at the agency.
“State law prohibits me from any detailed comment on this particular tax record information. I can say that, based on our internal review, there is no reason to believe that any Connecticut tax records were disclosed by anyone at our agency. It is not uncommon for taxpayers to have income in more than one state so that one state’s tax records are simply part of the documentation for filing in another state or federally. More important, there are so many other possible sources like family members, employees, lawyers, accountants – especially if someone was disgruntled over not being paid or otherwise treated badly," Sullivan said in a statement on Monday.
At a policy level, any situation like this is a wake-up call. The federal tax code can be manipulated to avoid taxation even while making lots of money. That’s all the worse because the burden then trickles down to all the other taxpayers who do not have the resources to game the system.”
The New York Times reported Saturday that it had received anonymously the first pages of Trump's 1995 state income tax filings in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
In Connecticut, the unauthorized inspection of tax return information is an unclassified misdemeanor.
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