Letters to the Editor

Taxes: No law compels candidates to release them

Re: “Clintons release taxes, paid $3.6 million,” (TNT, 8/13).

In the article, it is stated: “the Clintons have disclosed returns for every year dating back to 1977, in part due to laws requiring public officials to release returns.”

There is no federal law requiring this, nor does there appear to be a law in any state as well. In the run-up to the 1968 presidential election, George Romney, a governor of Michigan at the time, released 12 years of his tax returns after being pressed by the news media. Every president from Nixon onward has made their tax returns public. The only exception was Gerald Ford, who kept his tax returns private.

Individual income tax returns — including those of public figures — are private information, protected by law.