Several Albany lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill Monday that would allow the New York Tax Department to disclose the president’s state tax returns if any of three committees require them, reported The New York Times.
The proposal would allow leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Joint Committee on Taxation to ask the New York Department of Taxation and Finance to release any state tax returns only after a similar request for federal tax information has been denied. “The state return, presumably, has to match the federal return. It just makes the work of the federal committee, that has a legitimate reason to look into this, a little easier to see the complete picture,” said Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
Reason: State Senator Brad Hoylman said that the bill aims to assist Congress in obtaining the president’s documents and block potential efforts by the White House to sidestep similar requests at a federal level. “We’re creating a parallel track,” he said.
Critics: “This is a bill of attainder, aimed at one person,” said Ed Cox, the chairman of the New York State Republican Party, describing the move as “outrageous politics.”