Donald Trump can release his tax information while he is being audited, the IRS said on Friday.
Federal privacy laws bar the Internal Revenue Service from discussing individual tax concerns, but "nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information," the agency told USA Today
in a statement.
The IRS, without specifically naming the Republican front-runner, challenged Trump's assertions that his audit resulted from religious or political issues.
"The IRS stresses that audits of tax returns are based on the information contained on the taxpayer's return and the underlying tax law — nothing else," according to the statement. "Politics and religion do not factor into this.
"The audit process is handled by career, non-partisan civil servants, and we have processes in place to safeguard the exam process."
During Thursday's debate in Houston, Trump was hammered repeatedly about releasing his tax returns — and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called on him to do the same thing earlier this week.
Trump said that he would do so once the audit was completed.
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