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#11 Trump files 2017 taxes following 6-month extension

WASHINGTON — President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have submitted their 2017 federal income tax returns after filing a six-month extension in April, the White House confirmed Wednesday.

"The President and First Lady filed their taxes on time and as always they are automatically under audit, which the President thinks is extremely unfair," said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Tax returns filed by every president are automatically audited by the Internal Revenue Service, but an audit does not prevent a commander-in-chief or private citizen from voluntarily releasing those returns. In fact, every president since Richard Nixon has released his tax returns in some form.

Since launching his campaign in 2015, Mr. Trump has refused to release his tax returns from any year, citing the fact they were under audit.

During the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump tweeted, "Tax experts throughout the media agree that no sane person would give their tax returns during an audit. After the audit, no problem!"

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