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Mark Matthews Quoted in "Inside the IRS's Audits of the President"

July 19, 2019, POLITICO

It’s rare for IRS officials to have top-secret security clearances — unless they're auditing the president’s tax returns.

The people who examine those most sensitive of filings work deep within the IRS bureaucracy and, typically, their colleagues at the agency have no idea they're vetting the president’s taxes. Even the agency’s commissioner is kept in the dark — they never see the president’s returns.

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Mark Matthews, a former deputy commissioner of the IRS, says he believes House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, who is spearheading the suit, has a right to review the presidential auditing process. But he also says he doesn’t expect the Massachusetts Democrats to find anything nefarious.

“It’s extremely unlikely to me that the White House would be able to put their thumb on it,” he said. “There’s a lot of sensitivity at the agency around potential political interference.”

Read the full article at POLITICO.

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