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Donald Trump releases letter confirming IRS audit ongoing

By Eric DuVall
Donald Trump releases letter confirming IRS audit ongoing
Trump-brand water is set out during a press event at the Trump International Hotel being built inside the Old Post Office Building in Washington. Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, has thus far refused to release his taxes, citing ongoing audits by the IRS due to his vast and complicated business empire. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump released a letter from his tax attorney Thursday he says confirms he's being audited by the IRS.

Trump has thus far declined to release any of his tax returns, citing the ongoing yearly audits by the IRS, despite calls for him to do so.

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Trump has said it is not in his financial interest to release his tax returns until the IRS audit is finished.

"I think people understand that," Trump said during a GOP debate earlier this year when the issue was brought up.

The GOP's 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, used the tax return issue to needle Trump, suggesting — as several people did of Romney during the 2012 campaign, due to his large personal fortune — that Trump was hiding something sinister or embarrassing by not releasing the documents.

The letter from Trump's lawyer says the audits of tax returns from 2002 to 2008 are complete, but that some of the financial data is relevant to ongoing audits from 2009 to present. Trump has not said whether he will release his returns 2002 to 2008.

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NBC News reports the letter from Trump's lawyer was dated March 7, but was not released publicly until Wednesday, 23 days later.

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