Collins Says Public Officials Shouldn’t Have To Release Tax Returns
“He filled out a personal financial disclosure form that shows more details than a tax return will ever show,” Rep. Chris Collins said of Trump. “Somehow that never comes up.”
“I’ve always said he shouldn’t report his taxes,” Collins, R-Clarence, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day.” “I don’t think any elected official should.”
Collins, a third-term member of Congress who has never released his own tax returns, did not elaborate on why politicians should not be required to do so.
He stressed, though, that Trump filed a personal financial disclosure form – a legally required document in which federal politicians report their outside income, investments, and liabilities in broad ranges. In contrast, tax returns require specific income information.
“He filled out a personal financial disclosure form that shows more details than a tax return will ever show,” Collins said. “Somehow that never comes up.”
Hearing that, Cuomo retorted: “Because it’s not really true.”
Collins noted, though, that a tax return would not necessarily show a person’s debts.
“These folks who say they want to see who he owes money to and this and that – that’s not even on his tax return,” Collins said. “I’ve yet to find anything that anyone would say is on a tax return that isn’t on his personal financial disclosure form, which in fact is more intrusive than a tax return.”