Bloomberg Tax
Nov. 22, 2019, 6:53 PM

California Surrenders Defense of Presidential Tax Return Law

Laura Mahoney
Laura Mahoney
Staff Correspondent

California is giving up on defending a law that would require President Donald Trump and other presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the 2020 primary ballot.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal to dismiss lawsuits from President Donald Trump, his campaign, and four other candidates or voters who sued in federal court to stop the law. Democratic lawmakers enacted the law in July as a way to compel Trump to release his returns.

Becerra made the request within hours of the California Supreme Court’s ruling Nov. 21 that ...

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