Daily Tax Report: State

Trump’s Hearing on California Tax Returns Law Pushed Back

Aug. 15, 2019, 5:02 PM

A federal judge will consider President Donald Trump’s request to block California’s new requirement that presidential candidates release their tax returns along with two similar requests Sept. 19.

U.S. District Court Judge Morrison C. England Jr. moved Trump’s hearing from Sept. 5 to Sept. 19 so he can consider Trump’s motion to block the state from enforcing the law along with similar motions from the Republican National Committee and a voter.

  • The voter, Jeffrey S. Koenig, withdrew his request to consolidate his lawsuit with Trump’s, the RNC, and other voters Aug. 14 after Trump and the committee filed oppositions to the consolidation.
  • The lawsuits seek to block the law, which requires presidential and gubernatorial candidates to disclose tax documents in order to appear on state primary ballots.
  • The law was passed as a response to Trump’s decision not to release his returns during the 2016 campaign.

The case is Donald J. Trump for President Inc. v. Padilla, E.D. Cal., 2:19-cv-01501, minute order 8/13/19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Laura Mahoney in Sacramento, Calif. at lmahoney@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jeff Harrington at jharrington@bloombergtax.com; Megan Pannone at mpannone@bloombergtax.com

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